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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Gonzo Resigns

Yes, my friends, you read that correctly. Alberto Gonzales, the heretofore Attorney General, has resigned.

In a related story, Lady Justice has been taken off of Suicide Watch.

Under orders from Der Eksekutive Branch, Gonzales has continually waged a campaign of destruction against the Constitution of the United States and the rights of Her citizens. There are numerous examples of this. I'll just list a few here, from the ACLU. I don't always agree with their politics, but, despite O'Reilly's proclamations from the mount, their fact-checking is first rate.

Quoted from the ACLU:

During his tenure as attorney general, Gonzales championed policies that eroded civil liberties protections, including:

1. Failure to investigate and prosecute criminal acts committed by civilians in the torture or abuse of detainees and repeatedly rebuffed congressional inquiries into the matter.

2. Failure to investigate and prosecute criminal acts and violations of laws as a result of the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program. Recent reports indicate that Gonzales may have recommended to the president that he block the Office of Professional Responsibility's investigation since he himself may have come under scrutiny.

3. Championing renewal of the Patriot Act despite serous civil liberties concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike. A recent audit by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found that the FBI underreported, misused and abused the National Security Letter authority. In fact, Gonzales and others at the DOJ had to send letters to Congress retracting previous testimony on the use of NSLs after the OIG report was published.

4. Failure to investigate possible perjury committed by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez before the Senate Armed Services Committee. A memo drafted by General Sanchez, who commanded the war in Iraq, laid out specific interrogation techniques including sleep management, the inducement of fear at two levels of severity, loud music and sensory agitation, and the use of canine units to exploit fear of dogs. During sworn testimony before Congress, General Sanchez flatly denied approving any such techniques.

5. Tried and failed to have his deputy White House counsel, Timothy Flanigan, confirmed as deputy attorney general. At the White House, Flanigan was one of a handful of administration lawyers responsible for opening the door to abusive interrogation and detention policies in the war on terrorism.

What a lovely man, no?

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