Monday, February 7, 2005

Maybe Someday

Joseph Galloway says the time will come when we’ll know everything there is to know about Alberto Gonzales and his role in Abu Ghraib.

We have not yet gotten to the bottom, or the top, of the prisoner abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or the extra-legal or illegal status of the foreigners imprisoned without charges or legal protection at America’s own Devil’s Island at Guantánamo, Cuba.

Despite his faulty memory and his denials in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales’ fingerprints, and his legal advice, are all over the administration’s papers that sought to turn both the U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Conventions on their heads.


Gonzales is the first person of Hispanic heritage to serve as our country’s chief law-enforcement officer. Normally that would be something for all of us to be proud of, something that speaks loudly about who were are and what we cherish.

But these are hardly normal times. The president and his men, including Gonzales, tell us that we are at war, the global war on terror. They have decided that some of those we take prisoner are outside the protection of law — either U.S. law or international law.

No doubt some future Congress, 30 or 40 years from now, will pass a resolution apologizing for this unseemly and undemocratic and un-American behavior.

Better late than never, I suppose.