Alberto Gonzales

Torture Connection: 
The rubber stamp
  • Born 1955, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Attended U.S. Air Force Academy. Graduated from Rice University, Harvard Law School.
  • Associate, eventually partner with Houston law firm, Vinson and Ellis.
  • Became General Counsel to then-governor George W. Bush, who appointed him as Secretary of State and then Texas Supreme Court Justice.
  • Served as White House Counsel, then Attorney General under President Bush. Resigned in 2007 under suspicion of improperly dismissing U.S. attorneys.
  • Since his resignation, he has reportedly encountered difficulty in finding a law firm that would hire him and has earned his income from speaking engagements.

In the White House, Gonzales built framework for torture policy

As Bush’s personal lawyer in the White House and a loyal ally of Cheney, Gonzales chaired a group of administration lawyers working on legal issues arising from the Cheney’s war policies. Gonzales signed off on a memo produced by Cheney’s lawyer David Addington that declared the Geneva Conventions inapplicable—in fact, “obsolete”—in the “new paradigm” of the Global War on Terror. He pressured lawyers throughout the administration to produce legal documents supporting torture, indefinite detention, and military tribunals for United States captives. Notoriously, he even attempted to pressure Attorney General Ashcroft while he was in the hospital in intensive care.

As Attorney General, Gonzales protected torture policy and torturers from legal scrutiny

When Gonzales became Attorney General in 2004, he fought off legal challenges to torture and other aspects of the administration’s detainee policy, both in the courts and in the bureaucracy. As one of the last remaining Cheney loyalists close to Bush, he helped keep Cheney’s torture program secret and active.

Sources on Alberto Gonzales

The New York Times
Consortium News
Global Researc
The American Prospect
The Denver Post
The Atlantic
Herald Sun
Fire Dog Lake / All Things Considered
The Washington Independent
Wall Street Journal
The New Yorker
Seattle Times
Vanity Fair
Washington Post
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