Wednesday, April 14, 2010

David vs. Goliath

Dave Iglesias is our "not gonna bow down" hero! David Claudio Iglesias '80 is an American attorney from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico in August 2001 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2001. He served for 6 years.

He was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration in 2006 for "performance-related issues." Allegations were that some of the attorneys were targeted for dismissal to impede investigations of Republican politicians or that some were targeted for their failure to initiate investigations that would damage Democratic politicians or hamper Democratic-leaning voters.

A subsequent report by the Justice Department Inspector General in October 2008 found that the process used to fire the first seven attorneys and two others dismissed around the same time was "arbitrary", "fundamentally flawed", and "raised doubts about the integrity of Department prosecution decisions." Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that the U.S. Attorneys "serve at the pleasure of the president" and described the affair as "an overblown personnel matter."

On January 22, 2009, as a member of the US Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, Iglesias was reactivated as part of a special prosecution team for Guantanamo detainees.

On The Daily Show, Iglesias was asked about his political ideology. Jon Stewart pointed out that Iglesias had been a committed Republican. Stewart asked whether Iglesias' experiences made him feel disappointed and betrayed. Iglesias replied, "Yes, and to use a Star Wars kind of imagery, I thought I was working with the Jedi Knights, and I was working for the Sith Lords."


Our buddy, Special Agent Larry Ross over at CTU gave us a copy of this never before release transcript of a phone conversation between someone that rhymes with Galberto Onzales and someone whose name rhymes with Rarl Kove. 
Galberto Onzales: "Hello, Dominos, just kidding this Galberto at the Hall of Justice."
Rarl Kove: "Yo Fredo, it's Boy Genius, we need to talk, although we aren't having this conversation, got it? You aren't taping this right?

Galberto Onzales: "Hi Turd Blossom, I'm not taping this are you taping this?"
Rarl Kove: "No, we've got a problem with 8 of your employees that we need to deal with, (Marriet, Syle, stop arguing, quiet! I can't hear myself think, )"

Galberto Onzales: "Ok, What's the problem?"
Rarl Kove: "we have received complaints that some of the U.S. Attorneys had not pursued certain voter-fraud investigations, wink wink by the elections. Get it done or terminate those guys. Hold on, POTUS in on the other line, Hello Chewy? Hello, Hello, He'll call back."

Galberto Onzales: "Whoa, do you mean terminate, terminate?"
Rarl Kove: "No, no, you've been watching too much 24, I just mean fire those bastards, and do it quick so we can smear those democrats up for investigation, everyday I got Weh calling me screaming his head off."

Galberto Onzales: "but what about "mi hermano, Dave Iglesias? He runs our voting integrity symposiums!"
Rarl Kove: "Hey if he ain't gonna be loyal the old man and jump on Aragon & ACORN than he needs to go. Do I need to spell it out for you, si él ain' t que va a ser leal el viejo hombre y el salto en Eragon e ACORNY que él necesita ir."

Galberto Onzales: "What is gonna be my reason for firing him?"
Rarl Kove: "Marriet what should I tell him? Ok, tell him he's being fired for missing too much work, and I don't care if he has a mandatory 40-days service as a commander to the Navy Reserve, if he ain't a bushie then he ain't gonna get to sit on his attorney tushie. And stick that Goomez guy in the job without an appointment - I know we can boss him around."

Galberto Onzales: "Turd, just send me an email confirming this, I don't want to be the next guy to get fired. Old Man keeps inviting Becky and I to the ranch for lunch, I'm a little worried"
Rarl Kove: "Sorry speedy, you are breaking up, click"

(dramatization... names have been changed to protect the innocent)


Esquire magazine 2009's "Best & Brightest" issue named
Iglesias as an honoree for his work as the best dressed terrorism prosecutor. May the force be with you, David.

(HT: CV)

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