Former DOJ official claims politicization of Civil Rights Division

03/30/07 Mitch E.Perry
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A story posted today on the Internet site Salon.com alleges  that it’s not only the U.S. Attorneys who are threatened by partisan politics. 

 

Journalist Alia Malek, who used to work in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, says that the Bush Administration has been quietly dismantling that division since their first day in office.

 Malek writes that Instead of attending to the Civil Rights Division's historic mission, addressing the legacy of slavery by enforcing anti-discrimination laws, the Bush administration has employed the division to advance the political agenda of a key GOP constituency, the Christian right and also, quite literally, to get Republicans elected WMNF spoke to Malek today from her home in New York City(roll tape#1 o.q.”ended up winning”) That Democratic candidate was Claire McCaskill, who narrowly edged out Republican Jim Talent in the race for US Senate.             And that was journalist Alia Malek, speaking to WMNF earlier today.  Malek herself used to work at the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department. Her story can be accessed on the internet by going to salon.com

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