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President Bush nominated Alberto Gonzales to take Ashcroft’s place as US Attorney General.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because after the Abu Ghraib scandal was uncovered, some embedded patriots in the Justice Department leaked memos from Gonzales’ office advising the President that the “nature of the new war” on terror “renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.”

Gonzales' memo, written in response to a CIA request for legal guidance in interrogation, also concludes torture is legally defined as, "equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death."

For a cruel or inhuman psychological technique to rise to the level of mental torture, the Justice Department argued, the psychological harm must last "months or even years."

So, according to Gonzales, anything short of that is NOT torture, and is applicable to anyone the executive branch deems a combatant in the vaguely defined 'war on terror'.

Gonzales has denied a link between those memos and the abuses. Yet the issue seems bound to be explored, and Anthony Romero, head of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the 2002 memo "will be the single toughest issue for him, because there's actually a paper trail."

Get ready for an interesting confirmation hearing...

Posted by American Pundit at November 12, 2004 6:42 AM