No on Gonzales

Personally, I don't see how any U.S. Senator, with any sense of obligation to the American principles of democracy (which eliminates a few of the man-on-dog quasi-humans right away), could support an Attorney General who believes that a Commander in Chief is above the law of the land.

Torture is also not a “right”, to be inflicted upon captives willy-nilly by their captors. Torture is a crime against humanity, and should never be allowed, under any circumstances.

Daily Kos :: No on Gonzales:

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. In this case, we, the undersigned bloggers, have decided to speak as one and collectively author a document of opposition. We oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the position of Attorney General of the United States, and we urge every United States Senator to vote against him.

As the prime legal architect for the policy of torture adopted by the Bush Administration, Gonzales's advice led directly to the abandonment of longstanding federal laws, the Geneva Conventions, and the United States Constitution itself. Our country, in following Gonzales's legal opinions, has forsaken its commitment to human rights and the rule of law and shamed itself before the world with our conduct at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The United States, a nation founded on respect for law and human rights, should not have as its Attorney General the architect of the law's undoing.

In January 2002, Gonzales advised the President that the United States Constitution does not apply to his actions as Commander in Chief, and thus the President could declare the Geneva Conventions inoperative. Gonzales's endorsement of the August 2002 Bybee/Yoo Memorandum approved a definition of torture so vague and evasive as to declare it nonexistent. Most shockingly, he has embraced the unacceptable view that the President has the power to ignore the Constitution, laws duly enacted by Congress and International treaties duly ratified by the United States. He has called the Geneva Conventions “quaint.”

I'm assuming that my two Senators, both liberals (Durbin/Obama), are voting against Gonzales. I'll confirm in writing however, as soon as the USPS can deliver my polemic.

Update: there are a lot of sites that agree Alberto Gonzales should never be Attorney General.

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