Michael B. Mukasey
I know many of you consider Peter Lance to be limited hangout or worse, but consider how stories such as this can at least help us illuminate the coup faction. Mukasey is definitely a made man. I don't buy Lance's story about Ali Mohamed, but I think Mukasey is dirty.
Author: Bush nominee helped mask FBI's pre-9/11 failures and kept al Qaeda's infiltration of US intelligence from view
09/25/2007 @ 9:08 am
Filed by Peter Lance
This is the first of two op/ed exposes by Peter Lance, the best-selling author of Triple Cross, which will be released by HarperCollins in a new edition next month.
In the coverage of Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales, the line in his resume that has resonated the most with the media is his experience presiding over the 1995 terrorism trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.
For a sample of Bush's new Attorney General, check out this May 2004 defense of the Patriot Act Mukasey wrote for the Wall Street Journal:
'The Spirit of Liberty'
Before attacking the Patriot Act, try reading it.
BY MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
Monday, May 10, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT
Learned Hand, among the last century's greatest judges, defined the spirit of liberty 60 years ago as "the spirit which is not too sure that it is right." We must consider what message we can take from those words today.
We are now in a struggle with an extremism that expresses itself in the form of terror attacks, and in that we face what is probably the gravest threat to this country's institutions, if not to its physical welfare, since the Civil War. When one tries to assess people who can find it in themselves to fly airplanes into buildings and murder 3,000 of us in a single morning, whatever else you can say about such people, they are very sure that they are right; and wouldn't it be music to their ears to hear that our spirit says we're not too sure that we are right?