Letters to the Editor

Justice department needs new leadership now

by R. Reese Fuller

Our Justice Department’s recent record has shown complete disregard for the protection of American citizens. Two border agents, Ingacio Ramos and Alonso Compean, are currently serving over 10 years each in prison for not following “proper procedure” when they shot and wounded a previously deported drug smuggler at the border. The real criminal was given immunity by our Justice Department to testify against the border agents.

Now, Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) is fighting the Justice Department to investigate the 2005 rape of a U.S. female contractor in Iraq. It took Congressman Poe to rescue Ms. Jamie Leigh Jones from Iraq, as apparently the contractor, KBR, has attempted to cover up the crime. Two years later, there’s almost zero effort to investigate this incident. So apparently, our Justice Department cares more about protecting illegal alien drug smugglers than actual American citizens.

President Bush has the power to pardon Ramos and Compean, much like he moved quickly to pardon his buddy, Scooter Libby. He also has the power to force the Justice Department to make the investigation into the rape of Ms. Jones a priority. I’ve seen no effort on his part to do either.

Nick Bouterie, Iota