Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gonzales: the ABA's "Liar of the Year?"

News Item:

"An American Bar Association magazine that named former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales "Lawyer of the year" for 2007 has come under such withering criticism that it is switching the title to "Newsmaker of the Year."

Are they sure they didn't make a typo on that? Shouldn't he have been the "Liar of the Year?"

The ABA Journal's publisher, Edward A. Adams, in defending the initial Lawyer of the Year designation explaned,"Think about Time magazine's Person of the Year In years past they've named people like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin. So we're not suggesting by these awards that these are the best lawyers in any sense of the word. We are saying they are the most newsworthy." []

So, he's saying that picking Gonzo was kind of like Time picking Hitler? Wow.

At any rate, it's looking more and more like "Waterboard" Gonzales might need a real Lawyer of the Year pretty soon, to keep him out of all the trouble he's in. It's bad enough he's got this whole lying to Congress about the domestic spying program and the firing of the federal attorneys hanging thing hanging around his neck, now comes this.

The WaPo reports today that Chief Spook Michael Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee in secret testimony (what else?) last week that the CIA torture tapes were discussed by three White House lawyers in 2004. The lawyers urged "caution" about destroying the tapes, whatever that means.

"The three White House lawyers at the briefing were David Addington (who probably wanted a copy to bring home for fun), then vice-President Cheney's chief counsel --- wait for it -- Alberto R. Gonzales, then White House counsel; and John Bellinger III, then the top lawyer at the National Security Council."

I don't think there are enough congressional investigative committees out there to look into all the nefarious goings-on of this administration that Waterboard-boy was involved in. Something tells me, though, that during these discussions Torquemada-tico probably mostly just sat there like a big empty suit, as usual, while refilling Addington's cigarette holder from time to time. If he ever does get hauled in front of his old buddy Pat Leahy, he'll doubtless plead bad memory, again. It's not entirely beyond the realm of possibility that his lack of memory might be plausible. He might have been too transfixed by Addington's involuntary "Heil Hitler" salutes to keep track of what was being talked about.

In any event, my prediction is that Gonzo is a shoe-in for the ABA's "Newsmaker of the Decade" if this stuff keeps coming out.


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