April 17, 2004


9/11 commissioner: 'I've received threats': Gorelick says she won't step down; FBI investigating (CNN, April 17, 2004)

Jamie Gorelick, a member of the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, said Saturday that she received death threats this week after a number of conservatives alleged that her former work in the Justice Department may have contributed to failures leading to the attacks.

In the mid-1990s, Gorelick served as deputy attorney general of the United States. During that time, she wrote a memorandum establishing distinctions between intelligence that could be used for law-enforcement purposes and intelligence that could be used for national security purposes.

That separation was originally required as a safeguard against abuse of citizens' rights by government investigative agencies. But passage of the Patriot Act in the wake of the attacks eliminated the requirement.

So now she has an even more obvious conflict of interest, no?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2004 9:33 PM
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