… But Also Don’t Miss Glenn Greenwald’s Piece Today on Obama’s First-Term Appalling Justice Dept. – UPDATED
The disgusting Lanny Breuer–a Clinton-era big-wig–is heavily featured in Glenn Greenwald’s article. But of course the weak, ineffectual Eric Holder, and Obama himself, are even greater culprits on this.
A key reason why Obama’s first term was such a disappointment was that, in the worst ways, it was Bill Clinton’s third term. Obama basically just reissued Clinton Administration folks, who failed to notice, as did Obama himself, that it was no longer the 1990s and that a whole lot of water had passed under the bridge since then.
Obama badly needs to revamp his Justice Department. He really does. It’s past time now that he make the Department of Justice a department of justice. The operative word there, of course, being justice.
Better late than never, please
UPDATE: Wow! I just saw the post below mentioning Yves Smith’s h/t that Lanny Breuer just resigned, unexpectedly–obviously the result of the Frontline exposé aired on Tuesday, which is the main subject of Greenwald’s piece.
But, good grace. Why did it take a Frontline exposé, in 2013, to prompt his (presumably) forced resignation?
The good news? Well, maybe this is really bad news for some key Wall Street folks. The statute of limitations on a relevant federal criminal statute, (acronym, “RICO”), is 10 years.
I, for one, am not holding my breath. Especially after watching this youtube on the Flexians-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiXGcEpI-sI
I guarantee, if you weren’t a cynic before, you will be after watching this. She lists many of the players and how the whole game works.
The Frontline series on the financial crisis has done a major smackdown on the DOJ and on the criminal division in particular – including Lanny.
But then we have no justice system, we have a legal system that often but not always produces justice.
Like everything else = follow the money.
You’re spot-on, rusty. As Dan pointed out below, and as I just updated my post to say, Breuer resigned this morning, suddenly. So maybe at least SOMETHING important will happen. Hope springs eternal….
I’m just so damned tired of it all, and failing to see the trigger that will force change. If someone had told me in 2008 that we’d still be humming right along in the beginning of 2013 as though nothing untoward happened, I would have laughed, but here we are. I suspect my belief in imminent collapse is fueled by a distinct lack of imagination at the ways they can continue to keep the plates spinning.
maybe as part of obamas 23 executive orders on gun control, he could control his DOJ.get them to stop selling automatic weapons to mexican drug lords,that may stop some of the mass shootings.
@Sandi – nice link. That vid was informative. I knew much of that information but never heard it detailed within a context like Wedel laid out.
Unfortunately, Obama is too weak for these kinds of players. And, I cannot blame him – they play for keeps.
Thank you Beverly Mann for your postings and comments.