Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Attorney General Firings - Not Merely Politics?

Ari Shapiro at NPR's All Things Considered has a story "Justice Probes Lawyer's Dismissal Amid Gay Rumor." Discrimination is appalling, but discrimination by the DOJ is frightening.  After all this is the office that administers the Civil Rights Division.

What is stated on the job announcements for DOJ? Looking through job description notices at DOJ today, one finds the following on some notices:

" The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism."

Did DOJ include "sexual orientation" under the AG Gonzalez regime, and if they did was this violated? And what happened to President Clinton's Executive Order 13087 that prohibited discrimination based upon sexual orientation?  And is AG Mukasey doing any training in his department now to make certain that discrimination of all types does not exist?

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Good points. If this is a violation of EO of sexual orientation, this puts a black eye on th Justice Department. That is why we have Civil Rights Division. We have long road of recovery to bring the integrity back into the DOJ. Mukasey must step in and clear up the Civil Rights Division and not simply put a bandaid on this manner. More importantly, it is crucial to have an independent counsel to investigate the entire USA firings. Unfortunately, Mukasey is not allowing Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten to tesify for the HJC.

Posted by: SP Biloxi | Apr 2, 2008 9:53:05 PM

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