Friday, March 23, 2007

Why I was fired?

An interesting op-ed in NYTimes from attorney by name David C. Iglesias who was fired under mysterious circumstances at that time. Now with the release of several thousand emails by the justice department, it has become clear that David Iglesias and 7 other attorneys were fired for doing there job (that is being apolitical).
United States attorneys have a long history of being insulated from politics. Although we receive our appointments through the political process (I am a Republican who was recommended by Senator Pete Domenici), we are expected to be apolitical once we are in office. I will never forget John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, telling me during the summer of 2001 that politics should play no role during my tenure. I took that message to heart. Little did I know that I could be fired for not being political.
What interested in me in this story not the actual firings but the transparency and independence of the justice department even though it is under political control. There is possibly a lesson or two we can pick up from this.