Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Unconstitutional: Modus Operandi for the AG

George W. Bush rails that Democrats are on a "fishing expedition." On the contrary, what we have in the myriad Alberto Gonzales abuses are excesses which are much worse than Watergate. Few Bush administration enablers have surpassed the overreaching of Alberto Gonzalez.  And that is saying a lot. Now many progressive bloggers are uniting to argue that Alberto Gonzalez should go. The nation's top lawyer should uphold the law of the land. He doesn't. Here are the allegations (hat tip to

--He helped authorized war crimes.
--He dismissed the Geneva Conventions.
--He helped redefine torture to include most kinds of torture.
--He helped establish the contorted legal rationale to establish military commissions that deny defendants legal rights.
--He claimed the US Constitution doesn't provide for habeas corpus.
--He defied FISA.
--He's helped enable Bush's spying on innocent Americans.
--Purged the ranks of US Attorneys because they wouldn't indict Democrats, who weren't guilty of anything, just before an election.

The prosecutors were being pressured to indict without sufficient evidence to cast a cloud over Democrats' candidacies. Some were punished for indicting Republicans. Tampering with the judicial process is the very essence of abuse of power. The issue is NOT that they serve at the "pleasure" of the president. The issue is that there were apparent executive and legislative branch efforts to meddle in investigations, indictments and trials for political purposes.

So profligate is this administration that Deputy Defense Dept Sec. Charles Stimson argued that those law firms representing the accused should be boycotted.  Given the few actual convictions of detainees, and the record of apprehending the innocent, this behavior is breathtaking in both scope and gravity. Gonzales and Rove must testify under oath. If they don't, the Senate should withdraw its endorsement of Alberto Gonzales as AG.