Wednesday, March 14, 2007
“What PFAW’s review reveals is a lawyer who too often allows his legal judgment to be driven by his close relationship with the President rather than adherence to the law or the Constitution. The risk that such lack of independence poses … is simply too great to warrant [Gonzales’] confirmation.”
-- Ralph G. Neas, January 4, 2005
“[Gonzales] has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency.”
-- The New York Times Editorial Page, March 11, 2007
The evidence of AG Gonzales’ failure has piled up too high and cannot be ignored any longer.
If you agree that Gonzales must resign or be removed from office, sign the petition now!
Enough is enough.
As scandal after scandal emerges, each one shedding new light on the Bush administration’s abuse of power, violations of Americans’ civil liberties and contempt for the Constitution, People For the American Way is calling for the resignation or removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the first step in holding the White House and Department of Justice accountable to the rule of law.
Two years ago, PFAW vigorously opposed the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as U.S. Attorney General on the grounds that his loyalties were misplaced, showing a much greater commitment – both personal and political – to President Bush than to the law and the Constitution. It’s not just recent revelations that have confirmed our suspicions, but indeed Gonzales’ entire record as Attorney General.
Here’s a quick glance:
- Defended the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program, which operated in secrecy for years in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and was declared unconstitutional by a federal district court
- Falsely suggested in testimony before Congress that the Constitution does not provide the right of habeas corpus
- Continues to back the Bush administration’s authority to hold U.S. detainees without judicial review
- Oversaw the Justice Department’s failure to fully enforce laws that protect every eligible American citizen’s right to vote
- Undermined checks and balances by asserting that the courts have no right to judge the executive branch’s national security policies
And just recently:
- We’ve learned from long-overdue and much-needed congressional oversight hearings that dedicated and effective U.S. Attorneys were forced to resign from their posts for apparent political reasons, to be replaced by individuals chosen by Attorney General Gonzales with no congressional vetting under a little-known provision of the Patriot Act. And recent news reports indicate that the firings were driven by pressure from the White House – including President Bush himself.
- We’ve seen reports that the FBI has been severely abusing its expanded authority under the Patriot Act by using so-called “national security letters” to obtain American citizen’s private information without judicial review.
The evidence of AG Gonzales’ failure has piled up too high and cannot be ignored any longer. And the recent hearings by Congress show a renewed commitment to oversight, indicating the time to act is NOW.
Bipartisan criticism of Gonzales’ performance has been building. And this past Sunday, both the New York Times and the third-ranking member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership, New York’s Chuck Schumer, called on Gonzales to resign.
Help bring the chorus to a crescendo by adding your voice!
- Sign the petition at http://www.pfaw.org/go/GonzalesMustGo
- Spread the word and get your friends to sign the petition
Congress seems ready to listen. Let’s make some noise!
-- Your Allies at People For the American Way