February 14, 2007

Carol Lam's Good Deed

Carol Lam is the US Attorney who has been prosecuting corruption in the San Diego region for the past few years. She is also one of the seven US Attorneys who have been invited to resign so that Bush can appoint an up and coming right winger who needs to polish his resume for working in future Republican administrations. Needless to say, Bush would not be so anxious to clear out the professional attorneys if he had to go to Congress to get approval for his new choices.

Nevertheless, Carol Lam deserves our thanks because she has taken out ex-Congressman "Duke" Cunningham and today issued indictments against Brent Wilkes, the man who traded in corruption to build his career and his close friend Dusty Foggo, recently the number 3 guy in the CIA.

The friendship of Wilkes and Foggo extends back to their high school days and they've done so many things together through the years following. As the San Diego Tribune put it:

Born in San Diego County in 1954, Wilkes graduated from Hilltop High School in 1972, along with his football teammate and best friend Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo, currently third-in-command at the Central Intelligence Agency. Wilkes and Foggo were roommates at San Diego State University, were best men at each other's weddings and named their sons after each other.

How nice that they can now both point to being indicted on the same day. And perhaps if the gods are smiling on them, they can have soon inhabit adjoining cells and reminisce about all the good times they've had together.

Carol Lam, we applaud your work. Thank you for clearing out some of the slime.

Of course, there's a lot more house cleaning that needs to be done. After all, Brent and Foggo are only the start. And Brent has been helping the prosecutors ever since the Cunningham case broke and he's got a lot of interesting people on his list: Bill Lowery (Congressman turned lobbyist), Representative Jerry Lewis, Representative John Doolittle (who hired his wife to fundraise for him, thus skimming off 10% of every dollar raised for his personal enrichment), Rep. Duncan Hunter, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (who got critical seed capital from Wilkes), and convicted defense contractor and Wilkes partner, Mitchell Wade. Who is left to track down and prosecute the rest?

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