November 11, 2004

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales was named Attorney General today, replacing John Ashcroft to submitted his resignation after the elections. Ashcroft gave President Bush a handwritten letter where he stated "The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved." Some people wonder if his move was prompted as a bid for Supreme Court Justice. He wrote, "I believe that my energies and talents should be directed toward other challenging horizons." Gonzales as the new Attorney General does not mean that the polarizing conservative and orwellian beliefs of Ashcroft are going to be a thing of the past.

If you want to read Alberto's flattering bio, just go to the official White House version. But there is a lot more that a person should know about than his accomplishments.

John W. Dean, a former counsel to the President, wrote about Gonzales' Texas execution memos, which are very much in line with Bush's stance on the death penalty.

Also disturbing is Gonzales' role in the treatment of prisoners at Quantanamo Bay. To avoid prosecution of U.S. officials as war criminals, Gonzales' recommended that Bush push forward the view of excluding Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from the Geneva convention. Basically, the administration said that what they're doing would be war crimes, but only if we considered terrorists human beings. Amnesty International makes a point of this in their press release.

Posted by josuah at November 11, 2004 3:58 AM UTC+00:00

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