Friday, September 27, 2002

Conason on who we can blame for the Moussaoui screwup:

FUBAR in the rocket docket
A Washington lawyer points out that the U.S. Attorney responsible for the government handing over those four dozen highly sensitive, classified documents to Zacarias Moussaoui by mistake is emphatically not a career prosecutor. In fact, Paul McNulty appears to be the very definition of a political appointee, selected by Bush and Ashcroft to oversee Virginia's "rocket docket" --the district just across the Potomac from the capital where Ken Starr always went to get his way. McNulty's resume includes stints on the staffs of House Majority Leader Dick Armey and the House impeachment managers. He has helped to write criminal statutes but appears to have little case experience. Oh, he was also an "adviser to the Bush campaign" and helped prepare the Attorney General for those grueling confirmation hearings. Is a patronage appointee like McNulty the best lawyer to prosecute sensitive cases like Moussaoui? Will he be fired or disciplined for this massive, potentially dangerous screw-up? Here's a hint: both questions have the same answer.

Who cares. I say we keep him locked up for daring to have 4 consecutive vowels in his name