JANUARY 29 2008

1. Justice Dept. accused of blocking Gonzales probe
2. The Gulag Comes to America: The Don Siegelman Case
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Justice Dept. accused of blocking Gonzales
probe
By Richard B. Schmitt and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

The government agency that enforces one of the principal laws
aimed at keeping politics out of the civil service has accused
the Justice Department of blocking its investigation into alleged
politicizing of the department under former Atty. Gen. Alberto R.
Gonzales.

Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel,
wrote Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey last week that the
department had repeatedly "impeded" his investigation by
refusing to share documents and provide answers to written
questions, according to a copy of Bloch's letter obtained by the
Los Angeles Times.

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The Gulag Comes to America:
The Don Siegelman Case
By Ernest Partridge ofThe Crisis Papers.

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For the plain fact of the matter is that Don Siegelman is, in effect, a
political prisoner. The formal charge against him was bribery. But,
practically speaking, his offense was his political success as a
Democrat in a “red” Republican state. When Siegelman indicated an
interest in reviving his political career, one of his accusers was heard
to say, “[We’re] going to take care of Siegelman.” And so they did.

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