Gonzales to succeed Ashcroft

If Alberto Gonzales is actually appointed Attourned General, it looks like a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that Bush will not try to appoint Gonzales to the Supreme Court. The bad news is that Gonzales has proven to be even less concerned about civil liberties than Ashcroft. This is the man who wrote the memo (PDF) urging the White House to declare our actions in Afghanistan as exempt from the Geneva conventions.

One key advantage of declaring that Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters did not have Geneva Convention protections is that it “substantially reduces the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act,” Gonzales wrote.

The best way to guard against such “unwarranted charges,” the White House lawyer concluded, would be for President Bush to stick to his decision-then being strongly challenged by Secretary of State Powell-to exempt the treatment of captured Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from Geneva convention provisions.

“Your determination would create a reasonable basis in law that (the War Crimes Act) does not apply which would provide a solid defense to any future prosecution,” Gonzales wrote.

Forget about the left, I wonder how Bob Barr and other civil libertarian-conservatives will respond to this appointment?

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