Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just who is J. Christian Adams?

WorldNetDaily and other Right-wing media outlets are all aflame over the testimony of J. Christian Adams, a former employee of the Department of Justice. In essence, Mr. Adams accuses the DoJ under Attorney General Eric Holder of refusing to investigate claims of civil rights abuses against whites.

I just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of who J. Christian Adams is. According to MainJustice.com:
Adams was hired in 2005 by then-Civil Rights Division political appointee Bradley Schlozman, according to a person familiar with the situation. Schlozman was found in this joint investigation of the Justice Department’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to have violated civil service rules by improperly taking political and ideological affiliations into account when making career attorney hires.

Before coming to the Justice Department, Adams volunteered with the National Republican Lawyers Association, an offshoot of the Republican National Committee that trains lawyers to fight on the front lines of often racially tinged battles over voting rights.
The report referenced by Main Justice was one of the more staggering indictments of the Bush-era Department of "Just Us."  (New York Times article on the report may be found here.)  It details (with emails and voicemail transcripts) Schlozman's iron grip on hiring in the Special Litigation, Employment Litigation, Voting, Criminal, and Appellate sections of the DoJ's Civil Rights Division:  It also documents Schlozman's forwarding of emails containing racist jokes.  We also find out that Schlozman only wanted "real americans (sic)," not "politburo (sic) members" who'd actually demonstrated some concern over civil rights, and that he actively recruited Federalist Society members.  (Not only did Schlozman innovate the use of one of Sarah Palin's favorite terms, he also apparently tried to start an anti-capitalization fad as well.)


So, guess who hired Adams?

4 comments:

Ricky Bishop said...

It is amazing that Matt is attacking J. Christian Adams’ testimony without even deploring the actions of the black panthers. A member of the black panthers is caught ON TAPE holding a stick in front of a voting place to forcefully stop certain voters from voting. So I guess Matt thinks this is ok and it is ok that we have an Attorney General who WILL NOT prosecute these people….disgraceful....

Wedded Bliss said...

What exactly is wrong with Fed Soc members? We are not a monolithic group.

Matt Eichelberger said...

Ricky, if you want to criticize the AG for downgrading the Black Panther case, go right ahead. Just make sure that you're criticizing the correct AG. The decision to pursue the matter as a civil case was made on January 7, 2009.

Matt Eichelberger said...

Wedded Bliss - The Federalist Society is a monolithic group, if its members do in fact support the ideals it espouses. Adherence to those ideals doesn't make any Federalist Society member a good or bad person, but it does indicate that they hold ideals that are antithetical to the operation of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

And if the Federalist Society isn't a monolithic institution, then Schlozman wasn't very smart, as his espoused purpose in hiring was to fill the Division with people who shared a similar ideology....