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Federal government should be under DOJ

The congressional committee hearings on the events of Jan. 6, 2021, bring to mind a situation where a police officer is chasing a crook.

The crook gets out of the officer’s sight, so he asks a bystander, “which way did he go?”

The bystander points in the opposite direction the crook went. The police officer didn’t know the bystander was the crook’s friend.

The U.S. Constitution established a federal government with three branches — the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. Which branch of the federal government do you think the Dept. of Justice is under?

I thought it should be under the judicial branch. So I did a little research and found that the Dept. of Justice is under the executive branch.

Keep in mind that we have never, that I can remember, been governed by a majority, but by a faction, and it is for this significant reason, that the constitution is to govern the government.

The roots of the Dept. of Justice go back a long way. They claim their beginnings start with the Judiciary Act of 1789, an act to establish the judicial courts of the United States and create the position of attorney general. It appears the attorney general was to act as a legal advisor to the president when “requested.”

Sen. William Maclay of Pennsylvania didn’t like this bill at all. He characterized it as vile and feared it would be the gunpowder-plot of the constitution.

James Madison didn’t like the bill either and if Madison didn’t like it, it is a cause for concern. It would be over 80 years later that an act to establish the Dept. of Justice was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870.

From a small beginning in 1870, the Dept. of Justice is at present, one of the largest in the executive branch.

Since the Dept. of Justice is under the executive branch it can be directly politicized and the Jan. 6 committee is taking full advantage of this situation.

It allows them to direct the investigative powers of this department in the direction that is expedient to their politics, while the real trail of insurrection grows cold.

The politics of a party that would capitalize on a tragedy and stoke and cultivate it into a calamity in the name of social justice, then fail to defend against the destructive disorder they spawned is capable of anything, even tampering with the electoral process.

It is the Democratic Party that is pulling off an insurrection and it is being facilitated through the Dept. of Justice.

The awkward position of the Dept. of Justice is an unconstitutional union of the executive and judicial branch, which will naturally conspire to create tactics and procedures of admiralty courts.

The American colonist had first hand experience with the tyranny of admiralty courts.

Could this be the reason for Madison’s reservations and Maclay’s fear it would become the gunpowder-plot of the constitution? We are in the legal phase of fascism.

Fred Albright

Hollidaysburg

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