As I blogged about already, the US Department of Justice had, under Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, become an engine of theocracy. Gonzales’s successor, Michael Mukasey, has finally weighed in on this scandal and decided to take no action on it:

Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey said Tuesday that the Justice Department had no plans to bring criminal charges in connection with hiring abuses that took place under his predecessor, Alberto R. Gonzales.

Mukasey said the findings in two recent reports by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine — that a group of influential Gonzales aides considered politics and ideology in hiring career employees and summer interns — were “disturbing.”

The aides violated civil service laws and department regulations, Mukasey said, but they did not commit crimes that could send them to jail.

“Where there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing, we vigorously investigate it. And where there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, we vigorously prosecute,” Mukasey said in a speech to the American Bar Assn. in New York. “But not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime.”

The decision not to prosecute means that some of the best-known figures in the scandal — such as Monica M. Goodling, a lawyer and public affairs officer who became a powerful gatekeeper in the department under Gonzales — will likely emerge relatively unscathed.

Mukasey’s statement — that not all violations of the law should be prosecuted — is an interesting one. I wonder how might it work out, if an ordinary citizen were to put it into practice, in some ordinary situation? One could contest, say, a speeding ticket in court, by saying, “Your Honor, according to the US Attorney General, not all violations of the law are crimes, so don’t convict me of speeding.” How well might that work?

Answer: It wouldn’t!

Mukasey is essentially giving the theocrats who lurked in the Department of Justice a “pass,” permission to violate long-standing hiring procedures and the Constitution itself. After all, anything is acceptable if done in the name of theocracy!

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