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Esquire Features David Iglesias

November 17, 2009, 12:00 am
By Julia Goldberg


Official Justice Department photo


Former US Attorney for New Mexico, David Iglesias, is featured in the most recent Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest 2009 issue.

The article retraces the now-historical (or at least will-be-at-any-moment-historical) role Iglesias played in dismantling George W Bush's Department of Justice, a national scandal that reverberated long and hard in New Mexico (one could easily argue that New Mexico has an entirely Democratic US congressional delegation as a result).

The article also mines newer territory in greater depth than has been done elsewhere, namely Iglesias' current role as a prosecutor against terrorists at Gitmo. The story explores the juxtaposition of Iglesias as a darling of liberals, for his role in taking on Bush's administration, versus his identity as a prosecutor in the tangled political and legal web of Guantanámo.  It is, the article points out, an ambiguous situation in which Iglesias finds himself, but then, he says in the article, he's used to it: "I've been living in a state of ambiguity for the last three years, so this is nothing new."

It's an interesting article, and worth a read, both for the contextualization of Iglesias' current job, as well as for the interesting parallels the author finds between Iglesias' personal journey and that of the larger nation. And, of course since it's Esquire, there's the literary writing to pull it along. Although, I have to say, it would never have occurred to me to compare Iglesias to Rambo. Hey—read it if you want to know why.

 

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