Jan 6, 2005
In anticipation of this week's
expected confirmation hearings, the American Civil Liberties Union
released a new report on attorney general nominee and current White
House Counsel Alberto Gonzales.
Although as a matter of policy the ACLU cannot endorse or oppose
nominees for any office other than on the Supreme Court, it can examine
and publicize nominees' civil liberties records.
"There are too many questions swirling around Mr. Gonzales's role in
developing the legal framework that may have led to the torture and
abuse we all saw in those Abu Ghraib photographs," said ACLU Executive
Director Anthony D. Romero. "The Senate has a duty not to soft-pedal in
read the full ACLU press release, click here.
ACLU's report on Gonzales.
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For months, the Bush White House
has refused to release dozens of documents related to the
Administration's policies on the detention, interrogation, and torture
of foreign prisoners. But President Bush's nomination of Alberto
Gonzales, who is widely regarded as one of the key architects of those
policies, to be the nation's top law enforcement officer should finally
allow the Senate to insist on receiving these crucial documents.
As White House counsel, Gonzales oversaw the development of the Bush
Administration's policy on prisoners that was applied in Afghanistan
and Iraq. He wrote a memo denigrating the Geneva Conventions, and
ordered and reviewed legal memoranda that stated that some of the laws
against torture did not apply in Afghanistan -- and that many horrific
interrogation techniques did not constitute "torture." These memos
triggered dangerous changes in the treatment of prisoners by military
Action! Urge your Senators to demand that Gonzales and the Bush
Administration come clean and release all torture-related documents!
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