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By David Burnham

The U.S. division of Justice is an establishment of huge achieve and gear over the yankee humans, with little oversight into its inner operations. This ebook examines the ways in which legal professionals normal, FBI administrators, federal prosecutors and different Justice division officers have frequently abused their powers to accomplish political ambitions instead of pursuing justice. Its caution continues to be as suitable within the electronic post-9/11 period of the multiplied nationwide safeguard nation because it used to be within the days of J. Edgar Hoover.

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As a cabinet member and adviser to the president, the attorney general seeks to protect the White House from its “enemies” no matter how honorable they may be. But with the 1870 decision making the attorney general the commander of what has developed into a formidable investigative force, the challenge became even more difficult. Rather than possessing two sometimes conflicting faces, as suggested by Meador and Seymour, the modern attorney general exhibits three. THE GROWTH OF THE LAW In the first years, the legal jurisdiction of the attorney general was as restricted as his administrative fiat, essentially limited to a tiny handful of laws involving truly national issues like treason, piracy and counterfeiting.

It has been engaged in sharp practices since the earliest days and remains a fecund source of oppression and corruption today. ”14 While Robert H. Jackson, FDR’s third attorney general, was more cautious than Mencken in his judgment, he, too, saw that the prosecutor could be a source of mischief. In a frequently quoted, but still pertinent, talk to a group of Justice Department officials in 1940, Jackson outlined the dangers: The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty and reputation than any other person in America.

Marshals and the Bureau of Prisons—have become a significant force in almost every aspect of American life, directly and indirectly influencing the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we learn, the way we govern ourselves and even the way we play. The broad impact of the Justice Department is not perceived or understood for several reasons. A powerful contrary notion—the idea that the department is just a small bunch of good guy cops going after a lot of bad guy criminals—has been fostered by a compliant media which for many years has lived off staged events, official press releases and the not-for-attribution whispers of ambitious prosecutors.

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