Via Talk Left:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is in Baghdad.
The Justice Department said that Gonzales arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his third trip to Iraq to meet with department officials who have been there to help fashion the country's legal system.
Just what does the Department of Justice do in Baghdad? Here's the DOJ's 2006 press release outlining its role:
The Department of Justice's law enforcement components provide special investigative training and assistance to Iraqi law enforcement, including the following:
- The Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) routinely investigates high-profile cases involving assassinations of government officials, prisoner-detainee abuses and civil rights violations, and other instances of violent crime in Baghdad and other regions of the country. The MCTF is composed of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) who provide managerial supervision for, and technical assistance to, highly trained Iraqi investigators. Read more...