6.24.2005

Freedom 1, American Taliban 0

Ashcroft Gone, Justice Statues Disrobe
Wow. Just like in The Daily Show's America: The Book.

With barely a word about it, workers at the Justice Department Friday removed the blue drapes that have famously covered two scantily clad statues for the past 3 1/2 years.
Oh, not so much like America: The Book.
Spirit of Justice, with her one breast exposed and her arms raised, and the bare-chested male Majesty of Law basked in the late afternoon light of Justice's ceremonial Great Hall.

The drapes, installed in 2002 at a cost of $8,000, allowed then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to speak in the Great Hall without fear of a breast showing up behind him in television or newspaper pictures. They also provoked jokes about and criticism of the deeply religious Ashcroft.

The 12-foot, 6-inch aluminum statues were installed shortly after the building opened in the 1930s.

With a change in leadership at Justice, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced the question: Would they stay or would they go?

He regularly deflected the question, saying he had weightier issues before him.
Yes, weightier issues like how best to torture folks and look at what books folks are reading at their local libraries.

Hey, at least a naked breast doesn't freak him out. Anyone else think Ashcroft protested just a bit too much...

(Thanks to AmericaBlog for the heads up!)

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