NOVEMBER 17 2008

1. Justice Orwell
2. Denying Congress Siegelman Docs, DOJ Gets Rumsfeldian
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1. Justice Orwell
by Scott Horton for Harper's

.....I have no doubt that disclosure of this information would severely
harm the Justice Department’s position in the Siegelman appeal, just
as Nelson suggests. Indeed, any light shed on the inner workings of
the Justice Department in this case would destroy it, just as strong
sunlight disinfects a bacillus spore. Nelson is doing a good job for his
client. Unfortunately for us, he seems to have lost track of the fact that
his client is supposed to be the United States.

“Political language,” Orwell tells us in Politics Orwell tells us in Politics
and the English Language, “is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure
wind.” The Justice Department has made his case.

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2. Denying Congress Siegelman Docs, DOJ
Gets Rumsfeldian
by TPMMuckraker

...In a letter sent Friday to Conyers, Principal Deputy Assistant
Attorney General Keith Nelson writes that DOJ won't produce the
documents in question, consistent with a department policy of not
providing internal prosecution materials to Congress. Nelson makes
the contorted argument that even though such documents in fact
have been given to Congress in the past, that would not affect the
decision on the Siegelman documents, because of supposed
uncertainty about the facts of the other cases:
    We do not believe that a possible departure from those policies
    in any given matter, the details of which may not be known or
    knowable at this point, requires us to set them aside in any
    other matter.

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....the fact that it was never
disclosed to the defense or the
judge, and then was covered up by
DOJ, is a crime, even if what she
said wasn't true."
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