November 12, 2004
Alberto Gonzales is Bush's nominee for Attorney General
We are forwarding the following Action Alert from Human Rights First concerning President Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General. Please phone your Senators' offices (click here to find their names and phone numbers by zip code) or click on the link below to send a message from the Human Rights First web site.
Jessie Baugher, Organizer
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
I am writing to ask you to urge your Senator to question President Bush's nominee for Attorney General on his human rights views.
On November 10, President Bush nominated Alberto Gonzales to become Attorney General. We have a number of concerns about this nomination based on the positions Mr. Gonzales has taken as White House Counsel on fundamental constitutional principles and U.S. human rights obligations.
- As White House Counsel, Mr. Gonzales advised the President that the United States need not be bound by its obligations under the Geneva Conventions in the conflict in Afghanistan - a position vigorously disputed by Secretary of State Colin Powell and others.
- Mr. Gonzales was also a proponent of the Administration's policy of detaining "enemy combatants" in the United States without access to counsel or an opportunity to challenge the allegations against them in court. In defense of this approach, he said that after September 11, the President is constrained not so much by the rule of law but by "prudence and policy."
- Mr. Gonzales also was centrally involved in the preparation of a series of highly controversial legal memos justifying the use of torture during interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects. The legal arguments set forth in these memos helped lay the groundwork for the widespread incidents of torture and abuse from Iraq to Afghanistan to Guantánamo Bay.
We ask you to urge your Senators to ask Mr. Gonzales tough questions on these fundamental issues.
Human Rights First