with the call from Senator Chuck Shumer for Alberto Gonzales to resign.
Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Schumer said Gonzales has "been even more political than his predecessor, Attorney General Ashcroft," and that Gonzales "either doesn’t accept or doesn’t understand that he is no longer just the president’s lawyer, but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution, even when the president should not want it to be so."
"For the sake of the nation," Schumer said, "Attorney General Gonzales should step down."
But we all know quite well, he's not going to do that right? For the sake of the nation, Alberto Gonzales must be removed!
Similarly, as noted by Kargo X the New York Times has also called for Gonzales to step down, citing the fact the he has continued in his capacity as Attorney General to act as the President's Personal Lawyer - rather than a servant of justice.
A few lowlights from Abu's illustrious carreer as AG.
– Gonzales "repeatedly defended Mr. Bush’s decision to authorize warrantless eavesdropping on Americans’ international calls and e-mail."
– Gonzalez "was an eager public champion of the absurd notion that as commander in chief during a time of war, Mr. Bush can ignore laws that he thinks get in his way."
– Gonzales "was disdainful of any attempt by Congress to examine the spying program, let alone control it."
– Gonzales "helped formulate and later defended the policies that repudiated the Geneva Conventions in the war against terror, and that sanctioned the use of kidnapping, secret detentions, abuse and torture."
– Gonzales "has been central to the administration’s assault on the courts, which he recently said had no right to judge national security policies, and on the constitutional separation of powers."
– Under Gonzales, the Justice Department "has abandoned its duties as guardian of election integrity and voting rights. It approved a Georgia photo-ID law that a federal judge later likened to a poll tax, a case in which Mr. Gonzales’s political team overrode the objections of the department’s professional staff."
– Under Gonzales, the Justice Department "has been shamefully indifferent to complaints of voter suppression aimed at minority voters. But it has managed to find the time to sue a group of black political leaders in Mississippi for discriminating against white voters."
Let's also not forget some other Abu Gonzales gems.
He once stated that "Upholding the Constitution was a Grave Threat to the U.S." despite his own oath of Office requiring him to do exactly that, preserve and protect the Constitution.
He claimed his office wasn't aware that an innocent Canadian named Maher Arar had been mistakenly detained at JFK airport after being flagged on a terrorist watch list and deported to Syria where he was tortured
On his watch the FBI has conducted Warrantless Physical Searches of private homes - y'know like the Gestapo.
As White House Counsel, rather than explaining to his client, the President, how to avoid possible prosecution for War Crimes - he advised him on how to commit War Crimes and get away with it.
He's threatened to prosecute journalists for reporting the truth, when that truth happens to be embarrising to the Bush Administration (yet, no one seems interested in prosecuting Robert Novak!)
He's fired over a half dozen U.S. Attorney's - all at the same time - either because they wouldn't persue charges against Democrats or they did persue charges against Republicans.
And now we learn that on his watch the FBI has grossly abused the use of National Security Letters to pry and datamine their way into the lives of tens of thousands of private citizens - without any connection to any ongoing investigation what so ever. That information has subsquently been shared with other government agencies, private companies and even some foreign nations.
Asking this guy to step down is like asking Al Capone to turn himself in for the Valentine's Day Massacre. He's going to have to be taken down and it won't be pretty, but it has to be done. He has lied to Congress, permitted and endorsed thousands of Crimes against the American Public as well as War Crimes against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
He's got to go, period. And the sooner the better.