ABOVE THE LAW

Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice


by David Burnham


AN ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS


1.LAW, ORDER, AND POLITICS: THE WORKING OF THE UNITED STATES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

[A social, political and organizational analysis of how the Justice Department has developed into a central force in American life.]

2.BEYOND THE FRINGE

[A collection of horror stories about the bizarre, often secret and sometimes unlawful activities of the Justice Department, usually on behalf of its political bosses.]

3.SEVEN BAD WAYS TO RUN AN AGENCY

[How the Justice Department has achieved the honor of being one of Washington's worst managed but most powerful organizations.]

4.THE NUMBERS GAME

[How the FBI, with a big assist from ill-informed reporters and sensation-seeking publishers and broadcasters, has falsified the crime numbers in a highly successful advertising campaign on behalf of itself and the rest of law enforcement.

5.KEEPING TRACK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: THE UNBLINKING EYE AND GIANT EAR

[An investigation of the FBI's massive array of surveillance programs -- some of them secret -- that now reaches into every single home in the United States.]

6.THE BIG, BAD, DUMB WAR ON DRUGS

[The nation's multi-billion dollar war on drugs was fraudulent when it was first declared by Richard Nixon. It still is. But in addition to being ineffective, it has a huge number of harmful side effects.]

7.CORPORATE ENFORCEMENT?

[For many years, Attorneys General have denounced white collar crime. Unfortunately for consumers, employees and those worried about the environment, however, Justice Department prosecutors have largely ignored it in practice.]

8.UNCIVIL WRONGS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

[During the Reagan and Bush years, the Justice Department's civil rights program frequently sought to suppress black activist political leaders and voters of the south. The record of many of the previous administrations was not all that different.]

9.IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY

[How presidents and attorneys general have repeatedly used their national security powers in times of peace to silence their political opponents. From John Adams to George Bush, the strategies have changed little.]

10.TAKING ON THE ETHICALLY CHALLENGED

[The Justice Department's failure to deal with the wrongful and corrupt actions of its own staff is curiously balanced by an aggressive and politically motivated war on corruption in other parts of government. Was it just an accident that all the federal judges indicted for corrupt activities by the Reagan and Bush Administrations were Democrats?]

11.THE CASE OF THE SLEEPING WATCHDOGS

[According to the explicit and implicit theories of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Justice Department is kept honest by the oversight of Congress, the judiciary, grand juries and reporters. For a number of reasons, however, oversight is a scare commodity. In the case of reporters, for example, an overriding need to keep up with the latest gossip tends to make them pull their punches when it comes to writing about their contacts in the Justice Department who are passing them all the front-page secrets.]

EPILOGUE

AUTHOR'S NOTE

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