Letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey

December 11, 2007

An Open Letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey

The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey

Attorney General of the United States

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Mukasey:

As you may know, Common Cause was founded as a citizens' lobby in 1970 and is dedicated to reforming government, strengthening democracy and protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans. We have more than 300,000 members and supporters across the country.

We would like to meet with you to discuss our concerns about the Department of Justice. We believe the first task facing you is to repair the integrity and reputation of an institution that is so critical to our democratic system.

In recent years we have become increasingly alarmed at the politicization of our justice system and the denial of fundamental civil rights and civil liberties, including the use of torture, suspension of the right of habeas corpus, and warrantless surveillance.

In particular, we believe the reputation of the office of Attorney General and of the U.S. attorneys has been tarnished. Those offices have a long history of nonpartisanship and of enforcing the nation's laws in a fair manner. That reputation must be restored.

Common Cause called for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales because we were deeply concerned that his actions and policies had undermined faith in our system of justice. You now have the opportunity to show the Department of Justice can be impartial and carry out its duties without the taint of politics or fear of political intervention.

We appreciate that you have taken on the difficult task of restoring the integrity of the department in a short period of time and under difficult political circumstances. We hope that a discussion with you about our concerns can help in that process.

We will accommodate your busy schedule and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. I can be reached at 202-736-5740 or 202-725-7029.


Bob Edgar

President and CEO

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