Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Serving justice

I'm so excited to hear that Mike Chertoff will be heading the DHS that I might throw a block-party once it becomes official.
President Bush nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff as the new homeland security chief Tuesday, completing the second-term Cabinet with a former prosecutor who recently called for a new look at the tough terrorist detainee laws that he helped craft after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Chertoff, who took his seat on the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals less than two years ago, is expected to easily win Senate approval. He has won confirmation three times during his career, as U.S. attorney in New Jersey, assistant attorney general and appellate judge.

"Mike has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice and an unwavering determination to protect the American people," Bush told a White House audience that included Chertoff's wife, Meryl, and their children. "Mike has also been a key leader in the war on terror."

Chertoff would replace Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who helped build the new department after the terror attacks by combining 22 existing — and often competing — federal agencies. Ridge, often identified with the color-coded terror alerts, plans to step down from his post Feb. 1.

Ridge "leaves some very big shoes to fill," Chertoff said.

Known by colleagues as a fiery workhorse, Chertoff headed the Justice Department's criminal division at the time of the attacks. He said at the White House: "If confirmed as secretary, I will be proud to stand again with the men and women who form our front line against terror."
If I polled 100 people who consider themselves to be in-tune with politics, I'd say five or six would know who Chertoff is. To me, he's a personal hero, as he is to many in the criminal justice system. He's a die-hard toughie who worked his way up, graduated from Harvard Law School, pulled himself up by his bootstrings by clerking at the Supreme Court, moved on to become an AUSA (Assistant US Attorney), and then moved on to his position as a 3rd Circuit Judge. All in all, people like him are who the justice system write books about. He knows the inside, the outside, and the dirty undercarriage of criminal justice, and knows what it takes to keep bad guys gasping for air.

Major thumbs up on this pick. This second term has really put some smiles on my face.

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