As we watch or listen to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testify about the domestic spy program before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, there are two things worth noting.
- Alberto Gonzales has already shown he has no respect for the rule of law. It can very well be said he laid the foundation for the abuse that occurred at Abu Gharib prison. Gonzales wrote a now-infamous memo in which he called the Geneva Conventions "quaint" and "obsolete" and which George Bused used to say he has the right to not abide by anti-torture law and international treaties protecting prisoners of war.
So when you hear Gonzales say today, that the domestic spy program is lawful and that George W. Bush is within his rights to not obtain court orders to spy on Americans, just remember that Gonzales has no respect for the rule of law to begin with.
- If you wonder why Sen. Patrick Leahy raised the issue of swearing in Gonzales, perhaps its because Gonzales has already shown that he doesn't mind being less than forthcoming and truthful on the facts.
During his confirmation process, he provided written answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding how, as an Advisor to then Governor George W. Bush, he helped Bush prepare for possible jury duty.
When Bush was Governor of Texas, he was called for jury duty on a DUI case, and made a big public to-do out of saying he was ready to serve on jury duty as asked.
However, the judge in the case, as well as others involved, say Gonzales left out some crucial details in his written statement to the Judiciary Committee.
He did not tell the Committee, that on the day Bush went to jury duty, Gonzales requested a private meeting in the Judge's chambers. Even before jury selection got underway, Gonzales asked the judge to excuse Bush from the case, based on potential conflict of interest, because the defendent in the case one day might ask Bush to pardon him.
However, Governors rarely are asked to pardon individuals for convictions in DUI cases. Moreover, by getting Bush excused from the case, Gonzales might have very well been helping Bush cover up his own DUI conviction.
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