Henry Brown

additional commentary from Privacy blogger Ms. Smith

DOJ, DHS rejecting law school grads based on online comments

If you think what you say online doesn’t matter in the big picture of life, then you might be interested in knowing that the Justice Department looked up top-ranked law school graduates on the Internet and then the “screening committee deselected 40% of highly qualified liberal applicants and only 6% of highly qualified conservative applicants” based on what they found online. Former President George W. Bush appointees made up the screening committee that used online items such as an applicant’s law review article before claiming that candidates’ views on Guantanamo Bay were “contrary to the position of the administration.” Another applicant was labeled an “anarchist.” Internal hiring instructions were to “deselect ‘wackos’ or individuals who did not have ‘views consistent with the Attorney General’s views on law enforcement.”