THE WRONG ATTORNEY GENERAL. Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's nomination for Attorney General, takes us back to the dark policies and tactics of the Inquisitions -- torture them until they confess to something. Does this man really represent the best in American justice? Or have we stooped to handing out high offices as rewards to Administration staff members who bent over backwards to stoke the President's will to act, however unwisely, against terrorism?
"Mr. Gonzales himself sent President Bush a letter telling him that the war on terror made the Geneva Conventions' strict limitations on the questioning of enemy prisoners 'obsolete.' These actions created the legal climate that made possible the horrific mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners being held in Abu Ghraib prison."
- The New York Times, January 26, 2005