Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Gonzales in Ashcroft out

President Bush has picked Alberto Gonzales as his new attorney general (Reuters). The Republicans really want that Latino vote. Daily Kos is talking about Bush and Latino's.

Also from Daily Kos:
Oh, and in case you're wondering about Gonzales on the issues -- he thinks it's okay to ignore US law and our international treaties against torture (Abu Ghraib can be laid to rest at his feet). And, he is the architect of the Guantanamo policies that have been systematically repudiated by mutiple federal judges.

I'd have to say thats pretty fair. He did author the February 2002 memo suggesting that the Geneva Conventions, parts of which are "obselete" and "quaint" did not apply to "enemy combatants" (A term resurrected from WWII) captured during this "War on Terror". Consequently, many prisoners have been tortured and abused in places like Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He also authored the Presidential Order which authorized the use of military tribunals to try terrorist suspects and supported the decision to allow foreign combatants in U.S. custody to be deported to nations that allow torture, in order to extract further information from them.

Good pick.

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