Ashcroft's Likely Successor..

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    WASHINGTON - President Bush has chosen White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, a Texas confidant and one of the most prominent Hispanics in the administration, to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft, sources close to the White House said Wednesday.


    “I would not rule out an announcement today,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.

    Separately, two administration officials told the Associated Press that the longtime Bush friend, who served with him in Texas, was the likely successor to Ashcroft. He would be the first Hispanic attorney general. Another leading candidate was Bush’s 2004 campaign chairman, former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot.

    Ashcroft announced his resignation on Tuesday, along with Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a Texas friend of the president’s.

    Profile Alberto R. Gonzales

    AGE-BIRTH DATE
    49, Born Aug. 4, 1955, in San Antonio, Texas.
    EDUCATION
    Attended U.S. Air Force Academy; bachelor's degree from Rice University, 1979; law degree from Harvard University, 1982.
    EXPERIENCE
    White House counsel (2001-present); Texas Supreme Court justice (1999-2000); Texas secretary of state (1997-1999); Texas governor's general counsel (1995-1997); corporate attorney with Houston law firm Vinson & Elkins (1982-1995).
    FAMILY
    Wife, Rebecca, and three sons.
    NICKNAME
    Called "the judge" by White House colleagues. Known as Al to friends.



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    After a National Security Council meeting, Bush was sitting down Wednesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell, another figure being closely watched for signs of whether he will stay or go. Powell has been largely noncommittal when asked about his plans.

    Gonzales, 49, has long been rumored as a leading candidate for a Supreme Court vacancy if one develops. Speculation increased after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist announced he has thyroid cancer.

    Controversial positions
    Gonzales’ career has been linked with Bush for at least a decade, serving as general counsel when Bush was governor of Texas, and then as secretary of state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.

    Gonzales has been at the center of developing Bush’s positions on balancing civil liberties with waging the war on terrorism — opening the White House counsel to the same line of criticism that has dogged Ashcroft.

    For instance, Gonzales publicly defended the administration’s policy — essentially repudiated by the Supreme Court and now being fought out in the lower courts — of detaining certain terrorism suspects for extended periods without access to lawyers or courts.

    He also wrote a controversial February 2002 memo in which Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture law and international treaties providing protections to prisoners of war. That position drew fire from human rights groups, which said it helped led to the type of abuses uncovered in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

    The American Civil Liberties Union said it expected the Senate to closely examine those issues during confirmation hearings. The ACLU said it had no position on Gonzales, but added:

    “Particular attention should be devoted to exploring Mr. Gonzales’ proposed policies on the constitutionality of the Patriot Act, the Guantanamo Bay detentions, the designation of United States citizens as enemy combatants and reproductive rights.”

    Some conservatives also have quietly questioned Gonzales’ credentials on core social issues. And he once was a partner in a Houston law firm which represented the scandal-ridden energy giant Enron.
     
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    Drat! I had really hoped that Ted Olsen would be selected to fill this post.
     
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    Or Rudy Guilani.

    But Gonzales will be a fine AG.
     
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    So, y'all want to see ol' Alberto confirmed as the new Minister of Justice, huh?

    Consider, if you will, the fact that Mr. Gonzales, wrote, vetted and defended policies justifying the Administration's choices to ignore the Geneva Convention, international law and just plain common decency in pursuit of its agenda. He attempted to justify torture, and shield the Administration from any responsibility for its actions. These alone should disqualify him from any consideration for the post of Attorney General of the United States of America.

    His actions betray the very ideals this nation was founded upon, and our Founding Fathers would weep were they to see the depths to which their beloved Republic has sunk.

    Personally, I don't know which I find more disturbing. The fact that the President thinks he can ramrod Mr. Gonzales' approval through the Senate, or that so many seem to be all too willing to allow such person to assume the responsibilities of chief law enforcement officer of this nation.

    Be careful what you wish for.

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    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, 1759</b></h2>
     
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    "I can spend your money better than." president Clinton, 1990s

    'Let's go back to terrorism just being a nuisance.' - failed presidential candidate John Kerry, yesterday
     
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    i would rather ted olson be the AG... not this guy, who is only going to further the sorry state of the AG post (we haven't had a good one since bobby kennedy) and allow the FBI to slide even further into oblivion.

    personally, his ideas on civil liberties and what not offend me, and he'll be a disaster more than likely.
     

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