Commentary and information about public safety and security, intelligence and counterintelligence, open government and secrecy, and other issues in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Inspector General (IG) Update

If local government officials in Kootenai County and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, need a reminder that no one, not even Justice Department lawyers, are immune from federal corruption investigations, today's Washington Post article headlined Energy Lobbyist a Target in Ethics Probe should serve as that reminder.

Whitecaps' post on Thursday, January 4, 2007, entitled The "Other" Feds - Ferreting Out Federal Fraud, Waste, and Abuse described how various federal agency Inspectors General conduct federal criminal investigations. That post referred to an investigation conducted by the Department of Interior Inspector General Earl Devaney.

Today's Washington Post article updated the earlier investigation and notes that J. Steven Griles, the former deputy Interior secretary during President G.W. Bush's first administration, has been told he is the target of a federal criminal investigation in the Jack Abramoff corruption probe. That investigation includes Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the assistant attorney general who recently resigned from the Justice Department's environment and natural resources division.


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