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In Culture of Corruption, Laws & Regulation, US Politics on June 19, 2006 at 2:32 pm

homeland securityBennie Thompson had a strong post on The Hill's blog earlier today:

Why Did The Letter Come All Of A Sudden?
June 19th, 2006

The mysterious appearance of this letter, which details Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham looking to secure a contract for Shirlington Limousine with the Department of Homeland Security, on the day after the hearing and after intense media scrutiny would lead even the most trusting person to wonder what else is lurking in the catacombs of the DHS. This is all a bit too convenient. I can promise that this investigation will go forward and we will hold the top leaders of this Department accountable. If we can’t trust them to find a letter, how can we trust them to find a terrorist?
Posted by Miss. Dem. Rep. Bennie Thompson

For the background basics on Duke Cunningham's improprieties, check dKosopedia. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay sums up the Republican culture of corruption well with his take last week on Cunningham's actions:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) yesterday defended Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) after calls from congressional Democrats to investigate the Republican appropriator for selling his San Diego home to a defense contractor whose firm had received $65 million in federal funds in 2004.

“Duke Cunningham is a hero,” DeLay said during a press briefing Tuesday. “He is an honorable man of high integrity.”

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