Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Gonzales nomination cannot stand

On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, I added my small voice to the multitude by faxing Colin Powell a plea from abroad to consider that the world would view the the legitimacy of the U.S. actions trought the lens of the rule of law. Sadly, the illegal invasion took place with evident damage to the prestige of the self-proclaimed "leader of the free world."

Amazingly, in a country that considers itself a beacon of liberty, such fundamentals as the writ of habeas corpus, the Posse ComitatusAct and the Geneva Conventions are in full retreat. This is no accident of history. There are actors who can be held to account. Among these accountable persons is the current nominee for Attorney General of the United States, Alberto Gonzales.

I now, once again, add my voice to the multitude calling for the rejection of a, cruel, ironic miscarriage of justice. For that is what Gonzales' appointment would be.

Senators of both parties should look to their Constitution and their conscience and vote down the Architect of Torture. The perceived legitimacy of the nation's claim to justice depend on it.