It is both saddening and equally hilarious to watch the Progressives deal in the best way they can with Bush Lawyers getting 'off the hook' for 'torture' decisions. To really get a feeling for the pathetic responses of Progressives just link on over to Democratic Underground's Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers (Yoo & Bybee) in Torture Memo Probe.
The guy responsible for making the final decision on how to word the report, is David_Margolis. In their ever-loving Progressive zeal, the closet-socialists missed the most important message they should be paying attention to. From the SourceWatch report:
"This is truly bad news -- for the bad guys," Mark A.R. Kleinman wrote August 13, 2005. "Margolis made his prosecutorial bones doing organized crime cases, eventually rising to Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, from which position he supervised the seventeen Organized Crime Strike Forces which more or less won the war on the Mafia. ... Margolis has a stratospheric IQ, has been known to wear Willie Nelson t-shirts to work, is used to long investigations using somewhat edgy investigative techniques, and can't be intimidated by anybody."
That deserves a roach! It is so nice to finally see something productive from David Margolis.
The last I heard of David Margolis was October 29, 2008 when the Department of Justice owned up to having given an award for "Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity" to him.
Deeply involved in the 'Attorney-Gate' black op, Margolis is still there. Back in October of 2008 Margolis was Associate Deputy Attorney General. He was the one guy overseeing Patrick Fitzgerald's "I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby" prosecution. From the DU linked article appearing in Newsweek,
While the probe is sharply critical of the legal reasoning used to justify waterboarding and other “enhanced” interrogation techniques, NEWSWEEK has learned that a senior Justice official who did the final review of the report softened an earlier OPR finding. Previously, the report concluded that two key authors—Jay Bybee, now a federal appellate court judge, and John Yoo, now a law professor—violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics, say two Justice sources who asked for anonymity discussing an internal matter. But the reviewer, career veteran David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed “poor judgment,” say the sources. (Under department rules, poor judgment does not constitute professional misconduct.) The shift is significant: the original finding would have triggered a referral to state bar associations for potential disciplinary action—which, in Bybee’s case, could have led to an impeachment inquiry.
Response #7 from the DU'ers was sweet. "Aw-www, Ain't That Precious ? .... Change you can believe in." But it went down hill from there. Click Democratic Underground's Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers (Yoo & Bybee) in Torture Memo Probe to enjoy the meltdown. The fact that Eric Holder has not over-ruled Margolis is so comforting to me. Indeed it is.
July 2007's commutation of Scooter Libby, by George W. Bush, upset the left so much; on July 2, 2007 (quoted from an archive that did not have attribution to this, so it is quoted, as referenced from the archive):
On Monday's Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann opened his show railing against President Bush, contending that the President "lied us into a war" and "needlessly killed 3,584 of our family and friends and neighbors" as the Countdown host attacked the President for commuting the sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, referring to Libby's involvement in the "greatest crime of this young century." Olbermann later tagged Bush as "Worst Person in the World," and announced that he will call on President Bush and Vice President Cheney to resign in a "Special Comment" on Tuesday's show. Olbermann: "As you may have suspected, tomorrow night, here on Countdown, a 'Special Comment' calling on this Vice President and this President to resign."
Now, Progressives are faced with the ironic choice of giving up their life-long belief that Amerika Sucks, or as one DU'er put it, "And the cover-up continues.. f.....g sickening.. my country makes me sick.., [and] And so why not go after the career guy, Margolis? He's the one that keeps turning up in all these White House cases that go nowhere." Problem is, his cases always go somewhere. I really admire David Margolis, a modern day Eliot Ness. Unlike Ness, Margolis is so under the radar the Wikipedia article for the name has not been hyjacked to be his as of this writing, (here).
To keep Progressives in perspective we need only turn to one David Swanson's Blog at Salon. "No one disputes that Jay Bybee's name is at the bottom of memos that were, and to some extent still are, treated as laws which legalized aggressive war at the pleasure of a president and a variety of acts of torture." See that part about "legalized aggressive war at the pleasure of a president"? Is war anything other than aggressive? Oh right. Progressive war can be just called off. Nobody loses. The part about Commander in Chief completely eludes a Progressive. With all that group-thought they tend to miss things like DUTY and HONOR and DEFENSE of one's Nation. Nevermind that.
I just like seeing them squirm. And I just cannot wait patiently for the moment when they find out just how useful of an idiot they have been. Keep it up Margolis. The Mafia was chump change.
A useful song for Progressives to listen to: