Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Enter Gonzales, Drop Curtain

Alberto Gonzales, the mentally retarded man Bill Maher called "Bush's Mexican Mall Lawyer" has joined the Bush-Cheney junta's self-pitying self-promotion farewell tour already in progress, wailing to the Wall Street Journal:

"What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?" he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.
What did he do to merit his reputation as a risible, corrupt, incompetent, doltish tool? Hmmm, I don't recall.

But Think Progress has at least a partial answer to Gonzales's bleat:
Politicized the DOJ: – Gonzales approved the firing and hiring of federal prosecutors for political reasons and lied to Congress about the scandal.

Approved torture: In 2002, Gonzales “raised no objections and, without consulting military and State Department experts in the laws of torture and war,” approved an infamous August 2002 memo giving CIA interrogators “legal blessings.” Gonzales witnessed an interrogation at Gitmo in 2002 and approved of “whatever needs to be done” to detainees.

Lied about warrantless wiretapping: Gonzaled lied to Congress multiple times about the Bush administration’s illegal wiretapping program, saying there wasn’t “any serious disagreement” about the program (there was).

Distorted pre-war intelligence: Last month, the House Oversight Committee revealed evidence showing that Gonzales lied to Congress in 2004 by claiming that the CIA “orally” approved Bush’s claim that Iraq sought uranium from Africa.
There are really only two suitable places for Alberto Gonzales: Hollywood Squares or prison. I'd prefer the latter.

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