Scott Bloch was the former Bush-era deputy director and counsel to the Department of Justice's Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. He then was appointed Special Counsel at the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This is an independent agency set up to protect whistleblowers and prosecute the use of civil service employees for political purposes. Bloch was a fairly common example of the Bush practice of choosing the fox to guard the henhouse. He is noteworthy because he became the target of whistleblower complaints by his own employees. Read below the fold...
Via the AP:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.
Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama.
In the court papers, the administration urges the repeal of the law but says in the meantime, government lawyers will continue to defend it as a law on the books.Read below the fold...
At the end of a very long story about how the Bush administration has remade the Department of Justice, we get this extremely buried lead.
It looks like the loyal Bushes are giving Christianists bonuses just because they're Christianists. Hey, doing well by doing good, eh?
Several career lawyers said that some political appointees favored the religious-oriented employees, intervening to steer $1,000 to $4,000 annual merit bonuses to them.Read below the fold...