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  • Wednesday, November 10, 2004


    Goodbye, Ashcroft, Hello, Mellow Gonzales

    Just a few points to remember. Yahoo! News - Bush Picks Gonzales to Succeed Ashcroft:

    "Gonzales drew criticism after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks when he wrote a 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, who said it helped lead to the type of abuses uncovered in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

    Specifically, Gonzales' memo said the Geneva Convention that had long governed the treatment of prisoners did not apply to al-Qaida or the war in Afghanistan. The memo called some of the Geneva Convention's provisions 'quaint.'

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

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