FBI probes a fact of life in politics today

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2007

Linda Chandler, of Wasilla, wrote in the Juneau Empire ("Why is the FBI going after Alaska's U.S. representatives?" Aug. 3), and the Anchorage Daily News (on Aug. 8), "Are other states having their legislators targeted like ours? ... Is this the FBI having to justify the new building or their jobs?"

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After reading it in the Empire, I used the national Associated Press wire link on the Empire Web site and the first story was a politician down south being investigated by the FBI. Does Chandler even follow news outside of Alaska?

Here is what I find after 10 minutes with a search engine: FBI Investigates Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., in February 2007; Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., in October 2006; New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, in December 2006; former Congressman Mark Foley, R-Fla., in October 2006; Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, in February 2007; Rep. John Doolittle, R- Calif., in April 2007; and Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La.,, in May 2006.

And this interesting snippet: "The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians."

The fact is that corruption is everywhere. Try watching national and international news. FBI agents are not "justifying" their jobs; they are doing their jobs. We Alaskans want to be a real state. Then we can have FBI like other states. Funny how many want the perks of statehood but none of the responsibilities.

Kyle Lamson

Juneau



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