January 7, 2005

Skip to the Bad Part

Don't have time to sort through all the details of the Senate confirmation hearing of Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General? Neither do I. Luckily we have Slate to give us the bottom line:

Does Gonzales think the president has the power to authorize torture by immunizing American personnel from prosecution for it?

During the hearing, Leahy called this idea, which comes from the August 2002 document dubbed the "Bybee memo," "the commander-in-chief override." And by hearing's end it was clear that Gonzales believed in it.

Let's say that again. The President's nominee for Attorney General believes that the President can authorize torture.

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