This blog is still alive, just in semi-hibernation. When I want to write something longer than a tweet about something other than math or sci-fi, here is where I'll write it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
A little justice at the Department of Justice
Leslie Hagen has had her job re-instated at the Department of Justice, barely two weeks into the new administration. Despite glowing job performance reviews, she was let go last year for reasons not made clear, but the best evidence is that the reason for her dismissal was a rumor that she is a lesbian. Now that the creepy people running the department for the last eight years are no longer to be saluted, the inspector general confirms that the rumor was the reason she was asked to leave the department.
Federal law forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation in federal jobs, but as you might guess, there were people working in the DOJ for the past eight years who believed they were put in their positions to see to a higher law, and those pesky things written in all those dusty, dull books in their offices were more like guidelines or suggestions. The name brought forward as the person who fired Ms. Hagen is our old friend Monica Goodling, the kind of dedicated, loyal and hard working little creep that is absolutely indispensable to an authoritarian regime. Without people like Monica Goodling, there could never have been a KGB or Gestapo or Stasi. Or a Spanish Inquisition, for that matter.
I'm a mathematician not a lawyer, so I don't know if anything Ms. Goodling did in her tenure at DOJ is a criminal matter, but I would like to see her disbarred at the very minimum and sued for wrongful termination and fined a king's ransom. If she can't pay what she owes, I think we should consider re-opening debtor's prisons in this country, but only for very special cases. Debtor's prisons are one of those institutions that get a really bad rap. I think they could be effective if used properly. If Alberto Gonzalez can go on the record as being pro-torture, Matty Boy will go out on a limb and say I'm pro-debtor's prisons.
As President Obama has said, we have to get past ideology and see what works and what doesn't.