"I will work hard to build upon [John Ashcroft's] record." With one half-witted twitch of his vocal cords, Alberto Gonzales, George W. Bush's nominee to be the next Attorney General, ended the euphoria many of us were feeling as a result of Ashcroft's resignation, and replaced it with the realization that our civil liberties are still in danger of becoming more fantasy than reality.
As far as questionable appointments go, Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales ranks second only to his choice for the director of the Environmental Protection Agency. This dubious distinction goes to Mike Leavitt, former governor of Utah. As you might recall, Utah led the nation in the generation of toxic waste throughout most of Leavitt's tenure as governor. Good call, George. Now, Alberto Gonzales may also take his place in a very select, but growing group of controversial characters roaming Washington these days.
His track record speaks for itself. Alberto Gonzales attempted to suppress the details of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy commission meetings; he led the Bush administration's fight to detain terrorism suspects without formal charges; and stated in a memo to George W. Bush that the Geneva Convention did not apply to prisoners taken in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Will Alberto Gonzales take a softer stance on the preservation of our civil liberties? Ask the detainees at Gitmo.
Once again...Good call, George.