The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, September 18, 2007


One of the more pitiful aspects of Alberto Gonzales' inglorious stint as the top justice official in the nation was his preferred method of deflecting any and all criticism: to his credit, it wasn't 9/11. Instead, it was all about the kids. Our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Yes, to criticize Gonzales' hacky tenure at the DOJ was to waste precious minutes keeping him from protecting the nation's youth. Why, you might as well be molesting kids yourself. You know, in just the same way as criticism of Fearless Leader is like sending a care package to our worst enemies.

The sad, predictably Bushian irony of the whole thing is the alarming number of government officials who've been arrested for crimes related to pedophilia, child pornography, etc. And if memory serves, they've almost all come from law enforcement-related offices.

John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon.

An undercover officer posed as a mother offering her child to Atchison for sex, according to police.

He was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

He is charged with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

According to authorities, Atchison made contact with a detective working undercover for the Macomb County Sheriff's department's.

The detective, acting as the child's mother, allegedly arranged a sexual encounter between Atchison and her 5-year-old daughter, police said.

I'll spare you the gruesome details. And I agree with Gonzo on one thing-- stopping people like this from ruining children's lives is very, very important. You just don't want Barney Fife heading up the project.