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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Could anyone be worse than Ashcroft?

Maybe. From AP:
Gonzales publicly defended the administration's policy -- essentially repudiated by the Supreme Court and now being fought out in the lower courts -- of detaining certain terrorism suspects for extended periods without access to lawyers or courts.

He also wrote a controversial February 2002 memo in which Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture law and international treaties providing protections to prisoners of war. That position drew fire from human rights groups, which said it helped led to the type of abuses uncovered in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Some conservatives also have quietly questioned Gonzales' credentials on core social issues. And he once was a partner in a Houston law firm which represented the scandal-ridden energy giant Enron.
It didn't seem possible that Bush could find someone worse to be attorney general than John Ashcroft, but it looks like he may have succeeded. I doubt if the 44 Democrats in the Senate can stop the nomination, but maybe the Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who expressed disgust at the Abu Ghraib revelations can.

C'mon, people! Gonzales belongs in prison, not in the cabinet! (Actually, the whole cabinet belongs in prison.)