Friday, January 28, 2005

Blogging Community Opposes Gonzalez

The editors of IFK would like to add their support to the efforts of the Daily Kos Editorial board and hundreds of bloggers through out the blogosphere who oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. (See full list opposing Gonzalez)

A statement by the American Humanist Association summed it up nicely.

The key to halting his confirmation is to insist that Gonzales' nomination not be voted on by the Senate but returned to committee until crucial documents are supplied to the Senate. The documents detail how Gonzales decided to recommend to the president that he has the authority to abandon the rule of law, annul the Geneva Conventions, shield lawbreakers from prosecution, and authorize the use of torture by US forces and, even worse, the "rendition" of U.S. prisoners to other countries known to use the most brutal conceivable forms of torture.

It goes on to say:

The Bush Administration has successfully blocked the release of an array of documents related to policy changes that paved the way for the horrors of Abu Ghraib and other American-operated detention facilities. The Senate and the American public must demand that the government come clean on the actions of high-level officials, and that all civilians who engaged in misconduct be held responsible.

Call or write your Senator to urge him or her to oppose confirming Gonzales and insist that this crucial information be made available to the Senate. You can call 202-224-3121 and ask for your own Senator. The Senate website also lists the direct office lines and e-mail addresses for every Senator. It is important that Humanist voices be heard!

So far over 450 weblogs have signed on to the petition to oppose Gonzales.

IFK views are solely those of its editors.


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