Apologies to battered wives out there ... but it's time for Arizona residents to start asking Senator Kyl whether he represents them, the citizens of Arizona, or whether he's just a tool serving the power hungry overreach of the Administration.
Via ThinkProgress, CBS reports that Senator Kyl is the guy who put an secret hold on provisions updating FOIA. You see, open government groups want to give FOIA a little bit more teeth. But at the behest of the Justice Department--the Justice Department!--Kyl is preventing the updates to FOIA.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., says the Justice Department is concerned that it could force them to reveal sensitive information.
In a statement Thursday, Kyl said the agency's "uncharacteristically strong" opposition is reason enough to think twice about the legislation, and he will block a vote until both sides can work out the differences.
The Justice Department objects strenuously to several provisions. Chief among them is a section that would eliminate exemptions allowing the government to deny access to privileged or law-enforcement sensitive information.
Senator Kyl just got dissed pretty badly by DOJ and the Bush Administration. We know that Senator Kyl was "significantly disturbed over the Charlton issue." Then, just a few weeks later, when he and John McCain submitted just one candidate (Diane Humetewa) to replace Charlton, BushCO told the very conservative Republican Senators from Arizona to fuckoff. The Bush Administration has made it very clear to Senator Kyl that they don't give a hoot about Arizona's need to have a professional USA, they don't give a hoot about naming the most qualified person to replace Charlton (it probably has to do with the fact that Humetewa is Hopi, so she's probably unlikely to go along with Administration plans to disenfranchise Native Americans).
So after getting used, badly, by the Administration on this whole DOJ fiasco, Senator Kyl is still willing to do their bidding to prevent any meaningful oversight over DOJ.
Make no mistake, Senator Kyl's hold and DOJ's "uncharacteristically strong" opposition has everything to do with the Administration's illegal wiretapping programs. They don't want us citizens to know how they're tapping our calls. Apparently, Kyl believes his job on the Senate Judiciary Committee is to ensure that no one ever gets to exercise oversight over the department that has repeatedly used him badly.
So if you happen to call Kyl's office, you might ask one of two questions. First, you might ask Kyl why he is willing to single-handedly scuttle oversight of DOJ even after they treated Kyl personally and Arizona more generally with utter contempt. Second, you might ask why Kyl, alone of all Senators, has taken a stance that enables DOJ to continue to trample our civil liberties.