Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Former Military Lawyers Object to Bush Nomination

While hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales, are expected to begin next month several former military lawyers are discussing ways to oppose his nomination. Their assertion is that Gonzales's supervised of legal memos that appeared to sanction harsh treatment of detainees, including torture and showed unsound legal judgment.

Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, who served as the Navy's judge advocate general from 1997 to 2000 before he retired, said that while Mr. Gonzales might be a lawyer of some stature, "I think the role that he played in the one thing that I am familiar
with is tremendously shortsighted."

"He was not thinking about the United States' history in abiding by international law, especially in the wartime context," he said. "For that reason, some of us think he is a poor choice to be attorney general."

Maybe it's just me thinking this, but those memos from Gonzales seem far more controversial than Bernard Kerik's nanny (or whatever else Kerik was hiding in his closet!).

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