US Justice Department
With all the turmoil and politics in today’s Justice Department, I found this article interesting. Life magazine in 1954 wrote a story about the US Attorney General. He was listed as leading the world’s largest law firm. This was during the Eisenhower Administration.
In the first paragraph, Life Mag. Noted that Brownwell was cleaning up the department. Sound familiar, in today’s political climate. More then 50 years ago, there were problems in the DOJ. It also points out how easy it is for government agencies to wander outside the lines. It is nothing new, bureaucrats operating outside of government guidelines has been a story more then a couple of centuries old.
Yet here is a story in a national magazine about the DOJ head trying to clean up his department.
The DOJ wields lots of influence and power, considering they are the federal police agency. Not only is the FBI under the DOJ, so are all the Federal US Attorney’s and their offices, Federal Prisons and today that includes Homeland Security, plus all the other agencies. The US Attorney General also provides recommendations to the President for Judgeships to be filled. One can see that their influence is far reaching.
In 1950’s, the DOJ had around 33,000 employees. Today it is about three times that many, with over 117, 0000 employees.
It is amazing how history rolls in circles as it repeats itself. Different chapters, same names, just a; larger cast.