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Report critical of former Justice official

January 14, 2009


— A former top Justice Department official made false statements to Congress and violated federal law in overseeing the agency’s civil rights division, investigators say.

The accusations against Kansan Bradley Schlozman, the former acting head of the civil rights division, are included in a new report by the department’s inspector general, Glenn Fine.

Tuesday’s report is the latest of several inquiries that found senior Justice Department officials violated civil service laws under the tenure of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Gonzales has denied knowledge of the conduct by his deputies, but the series of reports paints a disturbing portrait of the nation’s top law enforcement agency being pulled in a sharply political direction during the Bush administration.

The report says Schlozman politicized and mistreated his staff and tried to punish agency employees he believed were too liberal. The report cited an e-mail in which Schlozman noted it had been awhile since he’d had to “scream with a bloodcurdling cry at some commie.”

At other times, the report said, Schlozman urged the hiring of “real Americans,” apparently meaning conservatives, as opposed to liberals, whom he referred to as “libs” and “pinkos.”

Schlozman resigned from the Justice Department in 2007 and is now an attorney in private practice in Wichita, Kan.


bondmen 9 years, 3 months ago

"Barack Obama is wasting no time poking a sharp stick in the eyes of gun owners.The incoming President's choice for U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is an anti-gun extremist who has assailed gun owners since his days in the Bill Clinton administration.Holder, who served as Deputy Attorney General from 1997-2001, supports a 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases, one-gun-a-month rationing, licensing and registration of all gun owners, mandatory so-called smart gun technology, a lifetime gun ban for certain juvenile offenses and regulating gun shows out of existence.As Janet Reno's top deputy, Eric Holder was the go to guy on gun control issues. In a 1999 statement, Holder told members of Congress not to cave in to "the special interest that value the cold hard steel of guns more than the lives of children, neighbors and police officers," and urged them to pass legislation that would have destroyed the gun show industry.In 2000, Holder was instrumental in the Clinton Administration's effort to strong arm firearms manufacturers into voluntarily accepting regulations that had stalled in the Congress.In a brazen legislation-by-extortion plot, the federal government filed suit against gun makers but offered to drop the suit if the companies would bow to the administration's demands.After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Holder pushed for more gun control and greater restrictions on gun shows, even though the terrorists were armed with box cutters that could be purchased at any hardware store.Just last year, Holder joined Janet Reno and 11 other former Justice Department officials in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court arguing in favor of the gun ban in Washington D.C.The Holder/Reno brief also took the position that the Second Amendment protects a collective government right, not an individual right."Are You A Bitter Clinger?Who is a Bitter Clinger? According to Barack Obama, who was recorded unawares at a San Francisco fundraiser, bitter clingers are voters who are bitter because of their economic frustration and so cling bitterly to their Bibles and their guns."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

Look for Schlozman to get presidential pardon to shut him up so that corruption charges don't go any further upwards..

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