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The Bush Administration has had a penchant for appointing the lowest grade political hacks to the position of inspector general at agencies all across Washington, as was recently noted by ABC News. Now one of those cases has the staff up in arms. ABC News is reporting that at the Department of Commerce, senior employees of the office of the inspector general have sent a letter to President Bush demanding that the inspector general be removed and that a prosecutor be assigned to investigate his official misconduct.
Johnnie E. Frazier should be dismissed…in order to conduct an effective, ‘independent’ investigation,” states the letter to Bush, which was written on official stationery bearing the logo of the Commerce Department Inspector General’s Office.
The May 10 letter also calls for the president to put Frazier’s senior aides on administrative leave, alleging they have conspired with Frazier to obstruct justice and retaliate against employees who have cooperated with investigators.
Four of Bush’s inspectors general are now themselves the subject of misconduct inquiries and rumors surround a number of others. Harper’s will shortly be carrying exclusive further reports about one of the embattled inspectors general.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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