Alberto Gonzales has done more to destroy the international standing and the moral authority of the United States than previously thought possible by a single, unelected person. In January of 2002, as White House Council, Gonzales recommended reversing a half-century of international law, abandoning the Constitution and condoning the torture of human beings. His word for the Geneva Convention: “quaint”.
His arguments provided the legal basis for the atrocities of Abu Ghraib and we will be seeing the backlash in the Middle East for generations. His only excuse is that he claims didn’t understand what he was doing at the time. His actions (or his ignorance) are about to be rewarded. In a few days the full Senate will vote on whether to confirm him as the next Attorney General of the United States.
From a staff editorial in the Bangor Daily News earlier this month:
The Senate must decide whether it agrees with President Bush that Judge Gonzales would make an able attorney general. That is, it must vote on whether a lawyer and former judge who failed to anticipate the effect of his opinion in this important instance is suitable to be the nation's top law-enforcement officer. The offices of Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins do not yet have public positions on the issue
Our Senators are poised to take a stand with torture. They are not representing the values of the people of Maine.
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