Friday, January 07, 2005

If Only

If there was any cosmic justice at all, Alberto Gonzales would now have a nose a meter long. The lies:

"This administration does not engage in torture and will not condone torture," Mr. Gonzales said during a daylong hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering his nomination to succeed John Ashcroft as attorney general.
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He said that he was "deeply committed to ensuring that the United States government complies with all of its legal obligations as it fights the war on terror, whether those obligations arise from domestic or international law."

"These obligations include, of course, honoring the Geneva Conventions whenever they apply," he said.
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"Do I regret the abuses at Abu Ghraib?" he asked. "Absolutely. I condemn them. Do I believe that they may have hurt us in winning the hearts and minds of Muslims around the world? Yes, and I do regret that."

The truth:

...a draft memorandum written by Mr. Gonzales, discussed why he believed Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan were not subject to the full protections of the Geneva Conventions and described some provisions of the agreement as "quaint" and "obsolete."
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Democrats pressed Mr. Gonzales on the origins of the Bybee memo and questioned why it had taken the administration some two years to repudiate the opinion, which said that only physical pain "of an intensity akin to that which accompanies serious physical injury such as death or organ failure" constituted torture punishable by law.

"I don't recall today whether or not I was in agreement with all of the analysis," Mr. Gonzales said.

Anyone with half a brain was unimpressed, but quarter of a brain Repugs run the show and this butcher will be confirmed, to the continuing dishonor of the United States.

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