A conflicted partisan

The word is finally getting out about Jamie Gorelick, the obnoxious Washington lawyer who is helping to lead the Democrat’s charge on the 9/11 commission. Andrew McCarthy, who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others, points out that Gorelick “was an architect of the government’s self-imposed procedural wall, intentionally erected to prevent intelligence agents from pooling information with their law-enforcement counterparts.” Gorelick performed this service, long a pet project of the Democrats, while she was the number two official in Bill Clinton’s Justice Department. Gorelick and her fellow Clintonistas errected the wall not long after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. McCarthy explains in detail how Gorelick’s wall impaired our anti-terrorism efforts, including efforts that might have prevented 9/11.
Picking up on the same theme, Ethan Wallison, the White House correspondent for Roll Call, wonders whether it is reasonable to think that Gorelick can keep an open mind about matters in which her own actions are at issue (I would argue that it would not be reasonable to think that Gorelick, a veteran partisan and key political adviser to Al Gore, can keep an open mind in any case). Wallison notes that Gorelick’s former boss, Janet Reno, will soon be testifying about the steps taken (or not taken) at the Justice Department in the wake of the first World Trade Center attack in 1993 and the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City


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