Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Where Are They Now?

In law school my criminal law professor did a short "where are they now" presentation. Most of the defendants were dead or in jail from subsequent busts.

 In the past, I have talked on this blog about Fast & Furious and the role some key main Justice luminaries played. Lanny "Deep in the Cheese" Breuer, second only to Eric Holder in the DOJ, has taken on the a Vice Chair at Covington & Burling.  He he acts as a liaison between its clients and government officials.

Jason Weinstein is at Steptoe & Johnson.  He concentrates on white-collar criminal defense and privacy and data security matters by leveraging his DOJ experience in overseeing the "most significant cybercrime, data breach, intellectual property theft, and transnational organized crime investigations in the country."  He also,  "helped lead the DOJ's efforts to draft cybersecurity and data privacy legislation."

I thought of "where are they now" because a few months ago the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released its report on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of organizations for their political beliefs, finding this was due to "ineffective management." The contents of the report completely unimportant, except for for its entertainment value. The fact that it exists is another issue. Deliberative process executive privilege appears not capable of providing a legal defense to keeping most materials amd communications confidential.  Nevertheless, the report provides enough cover that the mainstream media has lost interest in the story.

In navigating around the report, and perhaps following behind civil litigation, Rep. Issa now seeks information about personal email accounts for Lois Lehrner. If she can't find them, maybe Jason Weinstein will represent her. They can ask Google, "Where are they now?"

The Google Purge is going to get every one of us eventually.

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