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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is a-coming to Boise. Does this make U.S. Attorney Thomas Moss nervous for his job?

Nah. Gonzales is here to meet with the Treasure Valley Metro Anti-Gang Task Force at Fort Boise Community Center Tuesday morning.

Should be interesting to see Gonzales, just after I've seen former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, who had some choice things to say about his former bosses.

I caught Iglesias's act at the recent Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference in Portland. We chatted some then, but here's a few more of his statements from his speech:

"Political labels don’t mean very much to me any more," Iglesias said. "They used to mean a lot to me as a Republican appointee in the Bush administration. I sipped the loyalty Kool-Aid, swished it around in my mouth for awhile, and didn’t swallow."

Which means that instead of appearing, as he once did, as the GOP's rising star, he is now speaking with alternative newsweekly editors and contemplating a book deal.

But that's part of his point: the experience of getting shoved around by partisan politics has made him a firm believer in law 'n order, old-fashioned American style. It's also made him an arresting speaker on the subject.

"You don’t tamper with the American criminal justice system," Iglesias said. "You have to keep politics out of prosecutions. This is not a road you can go down and maintain the rule of law."

He considers himself a firm Republican, but has found that his predicament is opening his eyes.

"I don’t consider this scandal to be a Dem or Repub issue, but one of right and wrong, legal and illegal, Constitutional and un-Constitutional," he said. "We don’t need any more Duke lacrosse prosecutions in this country."

Gonzales is set to hold a brief news conference while he's here. If I get a chance, I'm likely to ask Gonzales about this quote from Iglesias:

"The justice department at the highest levels is broken." Later, he added, "This may come as a shock to some people in the Justice Department, but they operate under the law."