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  Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General
Gonzales was Special Legal Counsel to the Houston Host Committee for the 1990 Summit of Industrialized Nations, and a member of delegations sent by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to Mexico in 1996 and to the People's Republic of China in 1995.
Gonzales was recognized as the 1999 Latino Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association, and he received a Presidential Citation from the State Bar of Texas in 1997 for his dedication to addressing basic legal needs of the indigent.
Gonzales was honored by the United Way in 1993 with a Commitment to Leadership Award, and received the Hispanic Salute Award in 1989 from the Houston Metro Ford Dealers for his work in the field of education.
www.whitehouse.gov /government/gonzales-bio.html   (652 words)

  
  Alberto Gonzales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Humble, near Houston.
Gonzales' formal request for Bush to be excused from jury duty hinged upon the fact that, as Governor of Texas, he might be called upon to pardon the accused in the case.
Gonzales was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 60-36 on February 3, 2005.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alberto_Gonzales   (2679 words)

  
 Ramesh Ponnuru on Alberto Gonzales & Supreme Court on National Review Online
She was a dissenter, and last year her opponents seized on a remark Gonzales made in the cases to cast her as an extremist.
It appears, however, that Gonzales was referring not to Owen but to one of their colleagues on the Texas supreme court.
Gonzales is not going to resist the zeitgeist on anything for any length of time and everybody knows that.
www.nationalreview.com /ponnuru/ponnuru021103.asp   (1231 words)

  
 NO to Alberto Gonzales, 15 Nov 04
Gonzales' advice is supposed to be confidential, but two of his memos of advice have been so outrageous that they have leaked to the press.
Gonzales helpfully provides President Bush with the answer: "Physical pain amounting to torture must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death." Well, that certainly clears it up.
Gonzales rejected the applicability of the Geneva Conventions to prisoners taken during the “war against terrorism,” terming some of the Geneva provisions “quaint.” The Guild said that Gonzales’s contempt for accepted international law principles rendered him unfit to serve as the head of the Justice Department.
www.notinourname.net /restrictions/gonzales-15nov04.htm   (1585 words)

  
 VDARE.com: 01/09/05 - Torture Bad Enough—But Bush AG Pick Gonzales Also Useless On Immigration, Quotas
Despite Alberto Gonzales's dismaying performance before Senators last week, when he repeatedly refused to recant his earlier assertion that the President has the unilateral right to set aside Congress' laws against torture, it appears the fix is in.
Gonzales will become the head of the Dept. of Justice (?!) and, as we are incessantly reminded, the first Hispanic Attorney General.
Gonzales has been an enforcer in Bush’s campaign to flood the country with immigrants, legal and illegal, and re-engineer it with racial quotas.
www.vdare.com /sailer/050109_gonzales.htm   (1197 words)

  
 Alberto Gonzales - MSN Encarta
As counsel, Gonzales was a relatively anonymous figure until he made headlines for a memo advising President Bush that his decision was correct in not applying the Geneva Conventions to suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners captured in the war on terror.
Gonzales advised that the Geneva Conventions’ strict limitations on the questioning of prisoners were “obsolete” in the “new paradigm” of fighting against terrorists.
Gonzales and other Bush administration officials denied that torture had ever been approved, pointing to a February 2002 memo from the White House that said prisoners would be treated “humanely” and according to the “principles” of the Geneva Conventions.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_701712156/Alberto_Gonzales.html   (1075 words)

  
 Alberto R. Gonzales - dKosopedia
Gonzales was largely responsible for the chain of events that led to Abu Ghraib - actually writing a memo to Bush advocating the disregard of Geneva Convention torture rules, one of the so-called Torture Memos.
Gonzales had a tight financial and political connection to Enron, making him unable to impartially handle the largest corporate fraud in modern history or to enforce the laws needed to prevent the next Enron-like scandal.
Gonzales is "inextricably tied" to Enron, casting doubt on his ability to impartially handle the biggest corporate fraud in history.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/Alberto_Gonzales   (761 words)

  
 Alberto R. Gonzales - SourceWatch
Alberto R. Gonzales (Al Gonzales), who served as White House Counsel to President George W. Bush, was nominated in November 2004 by Bush to succeed John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General.
In response to Gonzales' attorney general nomination, the conservative group Focus on the Family's vice president for public policy, Tom Minnery, complained that Gonzales did not have "strong pro-life beliefs." Minnery said, "Putting someone like that in such an independent role as a federal judge is a problem for us.
Gonzales "was the second Hispanic to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Alberto_R._Gonzales   (2882 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Bush picks Gonzales to replace Ashcroft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Gonzales' career has been linked with Bush for at least a decade, serving as general counsel when Bush was governor of Texas, and then as secretary of state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
Gonzales was accompanied by his wife and two of his three sons.
Gonzales has been at the center of developing Bush's positions on balancing civil liberties with waging the war on terrorism — opening the White House counsel to the same line of criticism that has dogged Ashcroft.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2004-11-10-bush-ag_x.htm   (1110 words)

  
 Alberto R. Gonzales News - The New York Times
Gonzales then became Attorney General, beginning a tenure that by its end was anything but quiet, as scandals over the firing of prosecutors and improper involvement of partisan motives in the Justice Department's workings multiplied over the course of 2007.
Gonzales before he announced his resignation deep in the August Congressional recess was the question of whether he had continued to act as the White House's agent in a job that, unlike his previous ones, called for a measure of independence.
Gonzales announced his resignation, he was his usual calm and smiling self, and spoke of the distance he had traveled from his hard-scrabble roots.
topics.nytimes.com /top/reference/timestopics/people/g/alberto_r_gonzales/index.html?inline=nyt-per   (1347 words)

  
 People For the American Way - Alberto Gonzales v. Priscilla Owen
In most of these cases, Gonzales, a strong conservative on the court, was part of the majority that rejected ultra-conservative Owen dissents as ignoring the plain meaning of the law or otherwise engaging in improper judicial activism to try to reach a particular result.
Gonzales’ majority opinion countered that the dissent’s argument was based on a "theoretical possibility" that was a virtual impossibility in the real world and violated the language of the insurance policy.
Gonzales joined a 6-3 ruling by Justice Baker that struck down a state law that allowed certain private landowners to exempt themselves from municipal water-quality and other environmental ordinances by creating their own "water quality protection zones." The majority ruled that the law constituted an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority to private individuals.
www.pfaw.org /pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=1726   (1799 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Talks about CIA Name Leak, Impact of Terrorist Bombings Abroad -- ...
ALBERTO GONZALES: Well, we don't know whether or not that she will be the only person that will suffer some consequences for their actions in connection with this investigation.
ALBERTO GONZALES: Well, it makes me -- it confirms in me the belief that I've long held, and that is we have an enemy that is still out there, a very patient, a very diabolical enemy, and constitutes a very serious threat to the United States.
ALBERTO GONZALES: Well, it's a national problem to the extent that it's not limited to one state; it's not limited to one region of the country.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/law/july-dec05/gonzales_7-26.html   (2890 words)

  
 ABC News: Profile: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Alberto R. Gonzales, the second of eight children, grew up in a two-bedroom house in Houston, and rose to become the top law enforcement official in the United States and the nation's first Hispanic attorney general.
On Feb. 3, 2005, Gonzales, 49, was confirmed by the Senate to succeed John Ashcroft as attorney general.
Gonzales was named Texas' secretary of state in December 1997 and served until January 1999, when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court.
abcnews.go.com /Politics/story?id=241596&page=1   (542 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Newsmaker: Alberto Gonzales -- November 28, 2001
ALBERTO GONZALES: Well, the president has a great deal of confidence in members of his cabinet, Jim; that is the way he operates and he manages.
ALBERTO GONZALES: Obviously, all of his top advisors are involved in advising the president on a myriad of issues we have to confront daily in connection with this war.
Gonzales, what would you say to anybody, whether or not they're, as you know this criticism is coming from some on the left, it's also coming from libertarians on the right who are concerned in general about some reduction of our civil liberties in order to combat terrorism.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/white_house/july-dec01/gonzales_11-28.html   (1641 words)

  
 Architect of Abu Ghraib Torture is Bush's Pick for Attorney General
Gonzales, 46, worked for Vinson and Elkins from 1982 through 1992, when he was tapped by Bush to become the then-governor's general counsel.
Gonzales is now the point man in the administration's effort to keep hidden Vice President Dick Cheney's notes regarding moves by Enron's Lay and others to shape national energy policy.
Gonzales, a San Antonio native, has been at Bush's side for years, as his general counsel when Bush was governor of Texas, then as Texas secretary of state and now as Bush's White House counsel.
www.infowars.com /articles/ps/gonzalez.htm   (5399 words)

  
 Alberto Gonzales Has Blood on His Hands
Indeed, when Gonzales comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, the committee must challenge him to explain fully both his role in authorizing torture and his rationale for doing so.
At the height of the Abu Ghraib scandal, someone leaked to Newsweek a memorandum Gonzales authored in January 2002 which argued that the war on terror had "rendered obsolete" the Geneva Conventions prohibiting torture and abuse of prisoners of war.
Gonzales also was a principal architect of Bush's order authorizing the secret trial of combatants from Afghanistan by military tribunal.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0106-22.htm   (578 words)

  
 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales avoids controversy in Fort Lauderdale stop -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Gonzales' fleeting visit to the Broward County Convention Center in Port Everglades was to deliver a speech to the annual national conference of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Gonzales has come under fire for the controversial removal of some U.S. attorneys and for what some Democrats say was perjured testimony about government spying without warrants.
Gonzales said he was aware of law enforcement concerns about increasing crime by younger juveniles.
www.sun-sentinel.com /news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbalberto0731nbjul31,0,1112177.story?track=rss   (375 words)

  
 CNN.com - Bush attorney general pick is Alberto Gonzales - Nov 11, 2004
Gonzales said the day was one of "conflicting emotions." He said if confirmed he would miss interacting with the members of the White House staff on a daily basis.
Gonzales told associates at the time he felt the complaints about the memo -- written in January 2002 -- were taken out of context.
Gonzales' memo was a result of the State Department's request that Bush reconsider his decision to follow the Justice Department conclusion.
www.cnn.com /2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/10/bush.cabinet/index.html   (740 words)

  
 Human Rights First | Background on Alberto Gonzales
Gonzales’ views on Presidential power and his role in setting improper detention and interrogation policy make him a troubling choice for the Supreme Court.
Human Rights First opposed the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be Attorney General in January, the first time in its 27-year history that it has opposed a presidential cabinet nominee.
Gonzales advises the President that the Geneva Conventions are inapplicable to al Qaeda and the war in Afghanistan.
www.humanrightsfirst.org /us_law/etn/gonzales/index.asp   (865 words)

  
 Alberto Gonzales: Supreme Court justice? - By Emily Bazelon - Slate Magazine
In short, Gonzales' January 2002 memo was key in setting the legal conditions for the abuses at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, with all the worldwide condemnation that followed.
The prospect of Gonzales' nomination to the court drew an editorial Friday from the Los Angeles Times calling him a "disastrous choice." The crowds in the Middle East and Europe that have protested the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo would probably agree.
Gonzales was "irresponsible, forgetful, and unaccountable," when he testified before the Senate during his January confirmation hearing, my colleague Dahlia Lithwick wrote then.
www.slate.com /id/2122293   (1424 words)

  
 Who IS Alberto Gonzales?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Gonzales didn't work with George W. Bush until 1994, when he became a senior adviser to the governor, chief elections officer, and the governor's lead liaison on Mexican and border issues.
Prior to this, Gonzales was with the law firm Vinson and Elkins LLP from 1982 - 1994, and ultimately became a partner with the firm.
Gonzales argued that Bush, as Governor, may ultimately be in a position to grant a pardon to the defendant, and therefore, should not serve on the jury.
www.epluribusmedia.org /features/2007/20070307_gonzales_alberto.html   (2310 words)

  
 NPR : Senate Concludes Gonzales Hearings
January 7, 2005 ·; Alberto Gonzales, the president's nominee for attorney general, endured tough questions from senators from both parties about the memos he wrote and the memos he commissioned, as White house counsel, relating to policies on torture.
January 6, 2005 ·; Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's choice as the new U.S. attorney general, told a Senate committee he did not approve of torturing detainees in the war on terror when he was White House counsel and that in his new job he would be independent of the president.
Gonzales says the 650 remaining detainees are not entitled to make a case for their release because the U.S. is essentially at war.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4270020   (712 words)

  
 The GULLY | U.S. Politics | Chambers of Judge Alberto Gonzales
As Secretary of State, when Gonzales was responsible for presenting clemency appeals to the governor in death penalty cases, he reportedly omitted important details including information about mental health, and competency, evidence of ineffective counsel, conflict of interest, mitigating evidence, even actual evidence of innocence.
Gonzales has also been accused of having connections with Enron, the energy company that collapsed in a dramatic financial scandal in 2002.
Gonzales is unfit because the slow river of litigation is certain to bring before the next attorney general a raft of torture cases that challenge the very policies that he personally helped devise and put into practice.
www.thegully.com /essays/US/politics/050203_gonzales_biography.html   (1087 words)

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