"Liberal" Mara Liasson Calls Alberto Gonzales "A Good Choice"
Reported by Ellen - November 14, 2004 -
FOX News Channel, land of the world's most pro-Bush liberals and Democrats. Mara Liasson certainly fit the bill today when she said on FOX News Sunday that Alberto Gonzales, the man who found a technicality in the law in order to justify abandoning the Geneva Conventions for the questioning of "enemy prisoners," is a good choice for US Attorney General. In essence, what Gonzales urged - and the president adopted as policy - was an end run around federal rules on torture.
From a May 20, 2004 editorial in The Nation, called Orders to Torture:
"In a January 25, 2002, memo, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales advised the President of "the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act," a federal statute. He advised Bush to invent a legal technicality--declaring detainees in the "war on terror" to be outside the Geneva Conventions--which, he said, "substantially reduces" the chance of prosecution. Gonzales went further, telling the President that the war on terrorism "renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners"; he pooh-poohed concerns that abandoning the Geneva standards might endanger US troops."
According to Wikipedia, Gonzales also fought with Congress to keep VP Dick Cheney's energy task-force documents from being reviewed. Besides that, Wikipedia says:
As counsel to Governor Bush (in Texas), Gonzales helped Bush be excused from jury duty when he was called in a 1996 Travis County drunk driving case. The case led to a minor controversy during Bush's 2000 presidential campaign because Bush's answers to the potential juror questionnaire did not disclose Bush's own 1976 misdemeanor drunk driving conviction. Gonzales' formal request for Bush to be excused from jury duty hinged upon the fact that, as Governor of Texas, he might be called upon to pardon the accused in the case. Upon learning of the 1976 conviction, the prosecutor in the case (a Democrat) felt he had been "directly deceived". The defense attorney in the case called Gonzales' arguments "laughable".
As Governor Bush's counsel in Texas, Gonzales also reviewed all clemency requests. A 2003 article in The Atlantic Monthly alleged that Gonzales gave insufficient counsel, failed to take into consideration a wide array of factors, and actively worked against clemency in a number of borderline cases. (The state of Texas executed more prisoners during Gonzales' term, and still has more prisoners on death row, than any other state.)
This man is "a good choice" for the top law enforcer in the country?
Write to Mara Liasson c/o FOX News Sunday and tell her that torture is NEVER a good choice.
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