No, No, No! No More Gorelicks!

-By Frank Salvato

With all the absurdities in the world, with all the absurdities coming out of the Obama Administration, perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping, one of the most egregious, one of the most spectacular, is the notion that the person who single-handedly erected “the wall” between the US intelligence and US law enforcement communities – the wall responsible for facilitating the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Jamie Gorelick – is being considered for the position of Director of the FBI. What intellectually challenged Progressive operative could have possibly thought this was a good idea?

FBI Director Robert Mueller, who has come under scrutiny by those who study radical Islamism for his less than intensive examination of Islamist radicalization within the United States, is set to conclude his tenure in early September of this year. This puts the Obama Administration in the position of having to nominate a new director, not only to execute the post in a post-September 11th era, but to execute it for a post-Obama administration, as well.

To put it bluntly, the Director of the FBI has to have the courage to stand-up to bully ideologues the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett. A Director must put the idea of law enforcement and investigation above all else. And as we have learned through the events of Watergate, sometimes the Director must thoroughly absolve himself of all political loyalties in the pursuit of justice in the name of and for the American people, his or her true employer.

Upon an examination of prospective replacements for Mr. Mueller, the Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez reported:

“The candidates being discussed, according to US officials, are James Comey, Kenneth Wainstein, Patrick Fitzgerald and Merrick Garland. Also in the running, the officials said, are Michael Mason, John Pistole and Jamie Gorelick.”

The name “Jamie Gorelick,” another bloated resume from Harvard University and Harvard Law School (are we done with the Ivy league political class yet?), sticks out like a sore thumb not only because of her unwitting facilitation of the September 11, 2001, attacks but because above being a lawyer – above being a lawyer – she is a partisan politician whose ethics are questionable at best.

There are a few reasons why Jaime Gorelick should not only be removed from consideration for the position of Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but, quite frankly, should be ushered out of public service all together:

Obviously, her crafting of policy that erected “the wall” between intelligence and law enforcement, which led directly to the attacks of September 11, 2001, comes in as the most egregious.

In a 1995 Justice Department memo, written when Gorelick served as deputy attorney general, she implemented policy for compartmentalizing gleaned information into the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. This policy was put into place so as to keep what was discovered by intelligence gatherers and criminal investigators within the Justice Department, in two concurrent but independent investigations, segregated in order to protect “the rights” of any defendant (read: terrorist).

In the memo, “Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigations,” Gorelick set out guidelines to “satisfy” FISA law, stipulating that information may only be gathered by way of surveillance for the primary purpose of intelligence, not to contribute to a criminal case under which defendants have more constitutional protections.

Gorelick wrote:

“These procedures, which go beyond what is legally required, will prevent any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that FISA is being used to avoid procedural safeguards which would apply in a criminal investigation.”

The procedure, which went “beyond what was legally required,” kept intelligence community members from alerting the law enforcement community about the activities of 19 al Qaeda hijackers that would slaughter over 3,000 innocents in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.

It isn’t every day that someone can craft and implement a politically correct policy that would facilitate the murder of over 3,000 people, but then Ms. Gorelick isn’t your run-of-the-mill political toady. According to her official profile published at the 9/11 Commission website:

“From May 1993 until she joined the Justice Department, Gorelick served as general counsel of the Department of Defense. From 1979 to 1980 she was assistant to the secretary and counselor to the deputy secretary of energy. In the private sector, from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1993, Gorelick was a litigator in Washington, DC, representing major US companies on a broad range of legal and business matters.”

In 1997, Ms. Gorelick was appointed to serve as the Vice Chair of Fannie Mae, although, stunningly, she had no previous training or experience in finance. During her tenure, which lasted until 2003, Ms. Gorelick was principally responsible for the unique idea of buying sub-prime mortgage loans (read: ACORN loans) – encouraged by the Community Reinvestment Act of the Carter Era and continued through the Clinton Era – and bundling them as securitized financial instruments. This financial vehicle, as we all now know, was directly responsible for the sub-prime mortgage crash that lit the fuse to the current long-term financial crisis and the devastation of the housing market.

Incredulously, Ms. Gorelick walked away from this slaughter of the American Dream – a financial manipulation that left hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in foreclosure, their credit ratings ruined and their financial futures in shambles – having received a total of $26,466,834 in income. This total included a $779, 625 bonus emanating from an additional scandal concerning falsified financial transactions that helped the company meet earnings targets for 1998, a scandal investigated by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

If you’re thinking that Ms. Gorelick’s past actions should see her investigated by the FBI instead of vying for the office of FBI Director, you’re not alone. But, it gets worse…

On November 27, 2003, Ms. Gorelick – the souls of 3,000-plus and the ruined lives of millions on her resume – was appointed to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the “9/11 Commission.” Gorelick was appointed to the commission by uber-partisan former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). To be fair, all of the commissions appointees were politicians of grotesquely politically connected, but none had a primary role in the facilitation of the horrors of that day.

Instead of adhering to any measure of ethics by recusing herself from the commission for a conflict of interest (she did recuse herself from examining her own role in the facilitation of events) or even in the interest of the appearance of impropriety, given the grave nature of the event and the serious threat to national security that existed, Gorelick actually co-authored the final report, titled, “The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.”

Astonishingly, neither the memo that produced “the wall” nor Ms. Gorelick’s role in instituting it as policy – a policy that prevented anti-terror investigators from accessing information housed on the computer of Zacarias Moussaoui ( the 20th hijacker), already in custody on an immigration violation – were investigated by the 9/11 Commission. In fact, the commission knew nothing of the existence of the memo until then US Attorney General John Ashcroft testified, saying:

“Although you understand the debilitating impact of the wall, I cannot imagine that the commission knew about this memorandum, so I have declassified it for you and the public to review…Full disclosure compels me to inform you that its author (Jamie Gorelick) is a member of this commission.”

But, Ms. Gorelick wasn’t done enjoining with the destruction of lives just yet. She took a position that added her to the defense team representing Duke University against a lawsuit brought regarding the rape allegations leveled against several Duke University Lacrosse players by a stripper/prostitute who later was found to have concocted the entire story for personal financial gain.

In instance after instance, her actions portray a person of both questionable ethics and poor judgment, not to mention political partisanship and opportunism. Each and every one of these issues should serve as enough reason to cross her name of the short list for FBI Director with a “Sharpie,” cut that section off the paper, burn it, and then bury the ashes under several feet of concrete at the bottom of the deepest crater on the dark side of the moon. The FBI doesn’t need a politician at the helm, it needs a law enforcement officer who puts country first; who puts justice first; who puts the law first.

Which leads me to a larger point.

With the advent of the Tea Party Movement, we have seen a glaring spotlight shined upon the elected class and their two-faced political scheming, false promises and spendthrift ways. The Tea Party has commenced to holding accountable those elected to public office; those elected to serve the people of our country. And while this move was sorely overdue – and while it is proving effective – it is simply a return to the oversight responsibility mandated by the very existence of the US Constitution. Anyone patting themselves on the back for what the Tea Party has accomplished and is doing doesn’t get that the movement is simply a return to what we were supposed to be doing all along.

That said, our nation has allowed the federal government to become too large, too intricate, to complicated and too layered. It has grown to be unwieldy and unaccountable; a behemoth elitist entity employing cronyism and arrogance that regenerates itself from within. Part of that arrogance and regeneration is the continuous appointment of people to important and sensitive positions from “inside the club”; from within the “ruling class.” Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League graduates who have moved through the higher education system to knowingly and disingenuously feed from the taxpayer funded public trough – and all of the special interest opportunity feed bags that the federal government affords in its current form – have served to destroy ethics in American government, not to mention public trust, while navigating to a polar opposite position from the governmental principles used to create our Charters of Freedom; from the government intended by our Framers.

No! No more Gorelicks! No more charlatans seeking to enrich themselves through political gamesmanship. $26,466,834 in income in just four years for bundling sub-prime mortgages and setting up the financial collapse of an industry? A complete lack of transparency toward her role in the single most significant terrorist attack on US soil; an attack that extinguished the lives of over 3,000 people? And now she’s on the short list to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation? Are you kidding me?!

That she would be included on this list says quite a bit about those who included her. Even more, her refusal to exempt herself from consideration says quite a bit about Jamie Gorelick.
Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal . He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network, as well as an occasional guest on numerous radio shows coast to coast. He recently partnered in producing the first-ever symposium on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism in Washington, DC. His pieces have been recognized by the House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at

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