Nasty, Bad, Naughty State Department!

Since the Democratic Congress took over in January, the House and Senate have been working round the clock to try to, as Speaker Pelosi famously stated, “drain the swamp” of the Bush Administration’s incredible corruption.

Representative Henry Waxman (otherwise known as “The Mustache of Justice”) and Senator Patrick Leahy (the recipient of Dick Cheney’s kind words on the Senate floor) started with the Justice Department, and they have been extremely successful in stopping KKKarl Rove’s Lackey, Alberto Gonzales, from stealing the 2008 election by engaging in vote-caging and bogus investigations against strong Democratic candidates. They have also been able to clean out all the most highly-placed political operatives masquerading as public servants (think about 15 “heckuva job” Brownies). Notice that they have not held confirmation hearings on Gonzo’s replacement (who, by the way, is much more of a consensus nominee than Bush originally wanted)? That’s because Patrick Leahy said those hearings won’t happen until the DOJ records he’s been requesting for months are turned over.

Now, Waxman has turned his attention to the State Department, the lair of one of my least favorite Fascists, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As the Democrats investigate how Blackwater and other private military contractors have conducted their operations in Iraq, the State Department has begun to come under intense scrutiny. And as Larry Craig would say…well, they have not been good little boys and girls AT ALL.

WASHINGTON — Aides to State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard threatened two investigators with retaliation this week if they cooperate with a congressional probe into Krongard’s office, the chairman of a House of Representatives panel and other U.S. officials said Friday.

The allegations are the latest in a growing uproar surrounding Krongard. Current and former officials in his office charge that he impeded investigations into alleged arms smuggling by employees of the private security firm Blackwater and into faulty construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Krongard has denied the charges and is due to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next month.

Of course, Krongard is the latest Lackey set up as a fall guy for the Big Kahuna of Korruption, Madame Secretary herself.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Cal., charged Tuesday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her aides are trying to impede congressional probes into corruption in Iraq and the activities of controversial private military contractor Blackwater USA.

Waxman, chairman of the House oversight committee, complained in a letter to Rice that the State Department this week barred its officials from talking to Congress about corruption in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s government unless those discussions are kept secret.

The department also retroactively classified a study drafted by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that reportedly details extensive corruption in al-Maliki’s government, Waxman said.

“Your position seems to be that positive information about the Maliki government may be disseminated publicly, but any criticism of the government must be treated as a national security secret,” Waxman told Rice.

“You are wrong to interfere with the committee’s inquiry,” he wrote.

Something tells me that, although he committed his fair share of crimes for George W. Bush, General Colin Powell would not have put up with the privatization of the Armed Forces by the loyal Bushies. Yet another reason he had to go?

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