At Last, Alberto Gonzalez Resigns

August 27, 2007

Attorney General Alberto GonzalesWhat good was he anyway? He couldn’t recall anything! His selective memory was only exceeded by his chutzpah. Some members of Congress suggest that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez has committed perjury. He certainly can’t hold a candle to people such as Ralph Lawrence Carr, who defended human rights at all costs.


Here he is doing what he does best, suffering memory loss while trying to explain away the firing of nine U.S. attorneys before Congress. Maybe it’s time for a physical.


His other accomplishments include:

  • Executive Order 13233, written by Gonzales and issued by George W. Bush on 1 November 2001, which attempted to place limitations on the Freedom of Information Act

  • Wrote a controversial January 2002 memo which concluded that Article III of the Geneva Convention was ill-suited and outdated as it applied to Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters held in limbo land detention centers, including at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba prison. He said that sections of Article III outlining prisoner treatment were “quaint.” Despite the fact that he authored the memo, he couldn’t remember doing so in his 2004 Senate confirmation hearings, saying: “I don’t recall today whether or not I was in agreement with all of the analysis, but I don’t have a disagreement with the conclusions then reached by the department.”

  • Wrote the Presidential Order authorizing the use of military tribunals to try terrorist suspects

  • Shocked Congress on 18 January 2007, when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) that there is “no express grant of habeas in the Constitution.” (The right of habeas corpus is used to seek relief from unlawful detention, and is important in safeguarding individual freedom from arbitrary state action.)

  • Was accused of perjuring himself on 25 July 2007, when he testified before Congress about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without proper warrants

  • Was accused of not taking action in the Texas Youth Commission scandal, when he was the Attorney General of Texas. There were hundreds of complaints about dozens of staff members allegedly having sex with minor male inmates.

  • Approved the largest number of executions for then-Governor George Bush while Texas Attorney General

His resignation, which takes effect on 17 September 2007, was greeted with relief by members of Congress. Senator John Edwards (D-Nc.) said “better late than never,” while Senator Barack Obama (D-Il.) said: “I have long believed that Alberto Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda.”

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