Albert Gonzales

"White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, expected to be the next Attorney General, is best known for the prisoner "torture memo." But Gonzales' real White House legacy may well be an enormous expansion of government secrecy. Glonzales blocked the 9/11 Commission's efforts to compel Condoleezza Rice's testimony until she was needed to rebut what antiterrorism adviser Richard Clarke told the panel. He stopped the commission from reviewing presidential daily intelligence briefings, permitting selected members to view portions of them. He recommended halting Congressional oversight of data leading to presidential pardons. He requested successive extensions of deadlines for turning over the papers of past Presidents and purportedly pressured the national archivist to resign to stall access to records of President George H.W. Bush. He argued that records of Vice President Cheney's energy policy task force should be spared Congressional or public scrutiny...

"...documents kept secret included those about the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib, communications between DoD and Cheney's office regarding Halliburton contracts in Iraq, and memorandums revealing what the White House knew about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction" ("Clandestine Justice." The Nation, Dec. 27, 2004: 5).

Here is an index of how dangerous Gonzales is going to be: Someone who worked with both him and Ashcroft at the Justice Department says that Ashcroft at times clashed with Gonzales (then the counsel to the President) because he felt Gonzales was going too far" (Nat Hentoff. "The Iceman Cometh." The Progressive, Feb, 2005: 14).

Colby Glass, MLIS