Alan Dershowitz may be one of the last honest liberals: a man who doesn’t adjust his principles depending on the politics of the situation. Like the journalists it corrupts and manipulates, however, the new Left has traduced every standard it used to profess to hold dear, including the sanctity of grand-jury testimony, the promiscuous use of anonymous sources, the attorney-client privilege itself, and civil liberties in general:
Just as the first casualty of war is truth, so, too, the first casualty of hyperpartisan politics is civil liberties. Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed their strong anti-Trump sentiments to erase their long-standing commitment to neutral civil liberties. They are now so desperate to get President Trump that they are prepared to compromise the most basic due process rights. They forget the lesson of history that such compromises made against one’s enemy are often used as precedents against one’s friends.
Dershowitz goes on to discuss the special counsel’s somewhat checkered past involving the Whitey Bulger case in Boston:
Consider the issue of criticizing Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller’s history is seen as motivated by a desire to help Trump. Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, the head of its criminal division, the head of the criminal division in Main Justice, and the director of the FBI during the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the FBI. Four innocent people were framed by the FBI to protect mass murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people. An FBI agent, who is now in prison, was tipping off Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him so that these individuals could be killed. He also tipped off Bulger, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.
What responsibility, if any, did Mueller, who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages, have in this sordid incident? A former member of the parole board — a liberal Democrat who also served as mayor of Springfield, Mass. — swears he saw a letter from Mueller urging the denial of release for at least one of these wrongfully convicted defendants…. “Get Trump At Any Cost” partisans have rejected my call for an investigation, out of fear that it may turn up information that might tarnish the image of the special counsel who is investigating Trump. Instead they criticize those of us who point out Mueller was “at the center” of the Justice Department and FBI while this miscarriage of justice occurred.
Naturally, the fanboyz in the media never bring this up — nor do they generally mention James Comey’s role in putting that dangerous felon, Martha Stewart, behind bars; nor the sudden appearance of another “squeaky clean”member of the Irish mafia, Patrick Fitzgerald, in Comey’s corner — Fitzgerald is the man who put recently pardoned Scooter Libby behind bars for a non-crime. Throw in Dan Richman, yet another Comey lawyer, and the man to whom Comey leaked his private memos in order to goad the Justice Department into appointing Mueller to investigate Donald Trump, and one can’t help but think back to crime-busting attorney Thomas E. Dewey‘s famous remark about Hot Springs, Ark. — which, oddly enough, happens to be the boyhood home town of Bill Clinton — when he was trying to break up the legal rackets there: “The whole crowd are a complete ring: the Chief of Police, the Chief of Detectives, the Mayor and the City Attorney.”
Dewey was speaking during Hot Springs’ heyday just before and after World War II under the legendary gangster Owney Madden, who had owned Prohibition New York before moving to Hot Springs in 1935 and running the town as a criminal enterprise in collaboration with Frank Costello of the Luciano-Genovese crime family until his death in 1965.
Where our Tom Dewey today?