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November 12, 2004


The 'but' headline in the Washington Post says "Hispanics Applaud Gonzales Nomination But Some Civil Rights Leaders Express Concern". The but part is Gonzales's role in shaping anti-terrorism policies that supposedly led to the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. I guess there is now no question in some people's minds that the administration's anti-terrorism policies led to what happened in Abu Ghraib so some left-leaning groups can freely tie the highly-politicized Abu Ghraib scandal to just about anyone in the administration involved in anti-terrorism efforts. It is nice that civil rights leaders have conveniently expanded their fields of concern for civil rights to criminals being held in prisons in Iraq in order to politicize the appointment of a highly qualified individual to the position of Attorney General. 'Expressing concern' about such matters is an example of 'bringing the country together'.

Update:Rush Limbaugh played a montage of reports from the MSM concerning Gonzales's appointment. This is Campbell Brown of NBC News, David Gregory and Dan Abrams of NBC, ABC's John Cochran, Shep Smith at Fox, Bill Plante of CBS, and CNN reporters Ed Henry, John King, and Suzanne Malveaux:

BROWN: Gonzales was responsible for the Bush administration's most controversial decisions involving the treatment of prisoners. That opened the way for the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

GREGORY: That legal judgment paved the way for prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

ABRAMS: The advice Gonzales has given the administration for the treatment of prisoners captured in Afghanistan and Iraq...

COCHRAN: ...Gonzales defended the detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, that the memo created the atmosphere which led to later abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

SMITH: He defended detaining, uh, certain terror suspects for extended periods without access to lawyers or courts.

PLANTE: Specifically the memos he wrote about the Geneva Convention and how it applied specifically to prisoners at Abu Ghraib and also at Guantanamo Bay...

HENRY: Gonzales authored legal memos allowing the administration to deny Geneva Convention protections to some detainees in the war on terror.

MALVEAUX: Gonzales may face some challenges, a kind of environment that created that Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq.

KING: The man who offered legal justifications for interrogation techniques that critics insist are torture.

It is absolutely bizarre that everyone of them mention the Abu Ghraib scandal. (Pointer: RCP)
- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 11/12/2004 07:54:00 AM    |

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