Friday, December 14, 2001

More fun from the White House...

30 years ago, a guy named Joseph Salvati was convicted in Boston for a murder he didn't commit. The FBI knew it, because they knew who did commit the murder --- apparently from a local thug named Whitey Bulger, who they were running as an informant. Congress would understandably like to know why the FBI let an innocent man spend 30 years in prison, and George Bush thinks they shouldn't know.:

Disclosure to Congress of ... confidential recommendations to Department of Justice officials regarding whether to bring criminal charges would inhibit the candor necessary to the effectiveness of the deliberative process by which the department makes prosecutorial decisions.

So, he's invoked executive privilege, leaving the rest of us to wonder how Congress is supposed to exercise oversight of law enforcement agencies without being privileged to know what on Earth they are doing...


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