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The Department of Justice remains solidly in the running to be Washington’s single most corrupt institution–quite a departure from its glory days, when it was widely seen as Washington’s Mr. Clean. While headlines are occupied by the U.S. Attorneys scandal, by political prosecutions (with Karl Rove smiling in the background), and by voting rights shenanigans, there are plenty of other vile scandals occupying other corridors of this once noble institution. Back on April 1, I wrote a piece entitled “More Corruption at Mukasey’s Justice Department” in which I looked at some exceedingly sleazy dealings in the Office of Juvenile Justice. ABC News Nightline, with some help from Murray Waas, has burrowed much more deeply into the issues I discussed. What they turn up in tonight’s show is hardly a surprise, but still stomach-turning. It’s worth watching in order to get yet another glimpse into what Justice has become in the age of Bush.
Update: For those who missed the broadcast last night, the video is now available.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Amount paid last fall for a Ford Escort driven by Pope John Paul II:
92 percent of Mexicans are relaxed by a pleasant-smelling bedroom.
Swedish biologists studying coercive mating in mosquitofish discovered that females’ brains get larger as males’ genitals get longer, and male Madagascar hissing cockroaches were found to attract mates with either their enlarged testicles or their enlarged horns.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."