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    Beyond Thunderdome.

    I'm sorry for the long cut and paste, but the PDF it came from is long and I figured it would be easier to c&p this little gem from the "An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in the Office of the Attorney General" report. Quite a mouth full.

    How can you defend something like this? For an administration that prides itself on how much it does to rid the world of terrorism... to have something like this happen? Are you kidding me?

    The report is full of stuff like this. Enjoy reading it. Link to the PDF after the c&p.


    On September 6, 2006, EOUSA notified all USAOs that it was
    seeking a detailee to work on counterterrorism issues. The notice stated
    that applicants must have counterterrorism prosecution experience, and
    that 5 years of criminal prosecution experience was preferred.
    On September 19, 2006, an AUSA sent Voris his application for the
    counterterrorism detail. EOUSA Director Battle’s calendar shows that
    the AUSA was interviewed by video-teleconference on September 29,
    2006.

    The candidate had been an AUSA since 1987. He was an
    experienced terrorism prosecutor and had successfully prosecuted a
    high-profile terrorism case for which he received the Attorney General’s
    Award for Exceptional Service. He had also litigated several other
    terrorism cases and prosecuted major criminal cases. The candidate
    also served as chief of the anti-terrorism unit in his USAO, working with
    two joint terrorism task forces containing multiple agencies and agents,
    and he had communicated frequently with senior Department leadership
    with responsibility for terrorism issues.

    Battle stated that Voris told him that the candidate was head and
    shoulders above the other candidates who had applied for the
    counterterrorism detail. Battle agreed with that assessment, stating that
    the candidate was the best applicant for the detail. John Kelly, the
    EOUSA Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, stated that he and Battle
    wanted to hire the candidate because he was one of the leading terrorism
    prosecutors in the country and a very talented attorney.
    The candidate’s wife was a prominent local Democrat elected
    official and vice-chairman of a local Democratic Party. She also ran
    several Democratic congressional campaigns. The candidate was at
    times a registered Independent and at other times a registered Democrat.
    Notwithstanding the candidate’s outstanding qualifications and
    EOUSA senior management’s desire to hire him, Goodling refused to
    approve the detail.
    Battle, Kelly, and EOUSA Deputy Director Nowacki all told us that
    Goodling refused to allow the candidate to be detailed to EOUSA solely
    on the basis of his wife’s political party affiliation. Battle said he was
    very upset that Goodling opposed the detail because of political reasons.
    Nowacki told us that Goodling informed him that the candidate’s wife
    was a Democrat, and Nowacki believed that Goodling refused to allow the
    detail because of this fact. Similarly, Kelly told us that Goodling refused
    to allow EOUSA to hire the candidate because his wife was active in
    Democratic politics.
    Battle said that he and Voris went to Goodling several times to
    argue that EOUSA should be allowed to hire the candidate, but they were
    not successful. Battle told us he did not appeal Goodling’s refusal to
    allow the candidate to be detailed to EOUSA because he did not think it
    would be successful given that Goodling worked in the OAG.
    The candidate was never informed that he did not get the
    counterterrorism detail.
    Because EOUSA had been unable to fill the counterterrorism detail
    after Goodling vetoed this candidate, a current EOUSA detailee was
    asked to assume EOUSA’s counterterrorism portfolio. This replacement
    detailee had been an AUSA since September 2004, after having served as
    an assistant district attorney for 3 years. He had been detailed to
    EOUSA in 2006. He had no counterterrorism experience and had less
    than the minimum of 5 years of federal criminal prosecution experience
    required by the EOUSA job announcement. Battle, Nowacki, Kelly, and
    Voris all said they thought that he was not qualified for the position,
    since he had no counterterrorism experience. The replacement

    candidate was a registered Republican who Goodling had interviewed
    and approved before he was selected for his EOUSA detail.
    In sum, we concluded that Goodling prevented EOUSA from
    selecting an experienced career AUSA to handle counterterrorism issues
    because of his and his wife’s political affiliation. As a result, a much less
    experienced, but politically acceptable, attorney was assigned this
    important responsibility.
    http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0807/final.pdf


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    Come on Joe, pick a more worthwhile battle. It's a political appointee, not a civil service job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees
    Come on Joe, pick a more worthwhile battle. It's a political appointee, not a civil service job.

    So it's no big deal? Picking unqualified people for a job based upon political affiliation is fine?


    joe
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    They're so tired of shooting protest singers that they hardly mention us
    While fountains fill with second-hand perfume and sodden trading stamps
    They'll hang the bullies and the louts that dampen down the day" - EC

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDaddio
    So it's no big deal? Picking unqualified people for a job based upon political affiliation is fine?
    Is it any better when the voters pick an unqualified person for a job based upon political affiliation?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredke
    Is it any better when the voters pick an unqualified person for a job based upon political affiliation?
    I don't think I implied that it was.


    joe
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    They're so tired of shooting protest singers that they hardly mention us
    While fountains fill with second-hand perfume and sodden trading stamps
    They'll hang the bullies and the louts that dampen down the day" - EC

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDaddio
    So it's no big deal? Picking unqualified people for a job based upon political affiliation is fine?


    joe

    Tell ya what; when Obama's administration starts picking unqualified people based on political affiliation, I'll watch for your thread calling them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees
    Tell ya what; when Obama's administration starts picking unqualified people based on political affiliation, I'll watch for your thread calling them out.

    What makes you think I wouldn't?

    I can't even think of a compliment that wasn't at least backhanded towards the Democrats that I've made in here.


    joe
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    They're so tired of shooting protest singers that they hardly mention us
    While fountains fill with second-hand perfume and sodden trading stamps
    They'll hang the bullies and the louts that dampen down the day" - EC

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDaddio
    What makes you think I wouldn't?

    I can't even think of a compliment that wasn't at least backhanded towards the Democrats that I've made in here.


    joe

    You mean that you've actually made complimentary comments about the Dems here???


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenB
    You mean that you've actually made complimentary comments about the Dems here???

    Maybe individual people on individual situations. I hope I've never been dumb enough to claim that any person, yet alone a group of people (especially politicians), are wholly good or positive.


    joe
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    While fountains fill with second-hand perfume and sodden trading stamps
    They'll hang the bullies and the louts that dampen down the day" - EC

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