Abu Torquemada

Attorney General becomes the latest Bush ally to quit
Bush blames opposition as Gonzales quits
Bush ally Gonzales resigns post

Stop press; Bush blames everyone else because he is a drug-and-alcohol-addled sociopath. And a half-wit. And a disgusting sadist. And speaking of disgusting sadists…

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, embroiled in a row over the sacking of eight US attorneys, has formally announced his resignation.

Mr Gonzales formally announced his resignation today after informing Mr Bush by phone on Friday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Mr Gonzales flew to Crawford to discuss it with him over lunch on Sunday. Mr Bush accepted his offer, effective September 17.

President George Bush finally lost his battle to hang onto the attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, today after months of unremitting Congressional pressure over a series of scandals that included the firing of nine state prosecutors, wiretapping and torture.

As well as the sackings row, Mr Gonzales has also been criticised for helping to expand presidential powers in connection with the administration’s war on terror – from drafting the controversial rules governing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to authorising a secret phone tapping programme

Heckuva a job, Abu.

Considered by many to be one the worst US Attorney Generals in recent history, Mr Gonzales was even accused of perjuring himself before Congress. During testimony, he frequently said he could not remember key events about a secret government programme for spying on US citizens or the wholesale sackings of US attorneys because they were politically suspect.

Mr Gonzales lost credibility too when he got into a muddle over habeas corpus, suggesting before a Congressional committee, that it was not guaranteed by the constitution.

As Attorney General, Mr Gonzales wrote much of the dubious legal advice underpinning the “war on terror”. He justified the mistreatment and torture of terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay and other secret prisons and asserted that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to al-Qai’da and Taliban fighters captured in Afghanistan.

He was censured by some human rights groups after writing a memo to the president in which he said the war against terror was a “new kind of war” that renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders “quaint” some of its provisions.

He was the White House counsel from 2001 until 2005 when he took over as attorney general. He was a controversial figure even as counsel when he wrote that parts of the Geneva convention on the treatment of prisoners of war were “obsolete” and “quaint”. He also indicated that torture was acceptable in certain circumstances.

What a cv. What a loyal torturer. What a faithful warmonger. What a slime.

Paying tribute to Mr Gonzales, Mr Bush said on Monday that he had been subjected to “months of unfair treatment” and that “his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons”.

Mr Gonzales had played a critical role in the war on terror and “worked tirelessly to keep this country safe,” the president said.

It’s sad that we live in a time when a talented and honourable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.”

a talented and honourable person… his good name… we live in a time… worked tirelessly to keep this country safe… dragged through the mud… months of unfair treatment… impeded from doing important work…

I have grown to hate words.

The Democratic leader in the senate, Harry Reid, said: “This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”

Congress will do nothing because it is ineffectual and corrupt.

Mr Gonzales, 52, the son of immigrants, added: “I often remind our fellow citizens that we live in the greatest country in the world and that I have lived the American dream. Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father’s best days.

That must be the American dream where you wake up in a cold sweat, screaming.

But the Gonzales legacy may lie more in his wilful disregard for human rights law and his cavalier approach to the interrogation of detainees in the “war on terror”. In a 2002 memo, he wrote that Article III of the Geneva Conventions was outdated. He derided as “quaint” the regulations requiring captured fighters to be given “commissary privileges, scrip, athletic uniforms, and scientific instruments”.

He was also behind the controversial presidential order setting up military tribunals to try terror suspects rather than using civilian courts. Those tribunals have failed to achieve a single conviction so far and the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay has become a running sore for the administration in its relations with the outside world.

Of equal concern to Americans has been his use of the Justice Department and the FBI to improperly and possibly illegally use the USA Patriot Act to spy on US citizens. This month it was announced that information collected by America’s network of spy satellites inside the country was being shared with law enforcement offices.

Make no mistake; this man was scum of the highest order. The scum of the earth as we would say here in Ireland (a phrase normally reserved for the likes of Bertie Aherne). A war criminal. A monster. A sadist. A torturer. But coming so soon after Rove’s resignation, you have to wonder what is going on. Ordinarily these genocide artists and war criminals pull a diversionary stunt like this to conceal an atrocity perpetrated by the US of A (greatest army in the world gawd-demmit), or some anti-constitutional signing statement. But two in a row, within a few days…

Something big is about to happen. Something really big.

J.K.

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