Bush Scandals List

290. Proposal (withdrawn) to place JAG corps under politically appointed DOD counsel

On December 15, 2007, it came out that the Bush Administration is circulating proposed new rules that would place the Judge Advocate General (JAG) corps of each service under the control the politically appointed general counsel of that service and give these general counsels power over the promotions of JAG officers. This would effectively politicize military justice and shows that the attempts to politicize the Department of Justice exemplified by the US Attorneys scandal (see item 2) were not an isolated event but part of an ongoing and more general program. It was announced on December 19, 2007 that the DOD’s General Counsel William Haynes who had pushed the idea decided to shelve it “in light of the feedback”. Sometimes shining a bright light in a dark corner has an effect.

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