Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Sen. Boxer's Statement In Opposition To The Confirmation Of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales To Be Attorney General

Yesterday, Sen. Boxer made this statement in opposition to the confirmation of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to be Attorney General. She said, "the poor judgment [Alberto Gonzales] has exercised in his role as White House Counsel has resulted in serious consequences that cannot simply be overlooked when considering this nomination."

Sen. Boxer continues:
Mr. Gonzales was the legal architect of this Administration’s policies on torture and the treatment of detainees– policies that resulted in the despicable torture of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. The vast majority of these prisoners were never charged with any crime, and even our own State Department had grave misgivings about redefining our torture policy.

The torture policies that Mr. Gonzales pursued on behalf of the Administration have done immeasurable damage to America’s standing in the world, have undermined our military rules and traditions, and exposed our own soldiers and citizens to greater risks.

In addition, Mr. Gonzales called the Geneva Conventions “obsolete” and “quaint.” The Geneva Conventions have protected our soldiers since 1949. This attack on the Geneva Conventions should not be condoned with a yes vote on this nomination.

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