1.26.2005

ACTION ALERT!: No Gonzales

UPDATE 1: twelve Democratic Party Senators, and one Independent, voted against Condi's confirmation. If one or both of your Senators is on the list, contact her/him to let them know you appreciate it. If one or both of Senators is not on the list, contact them and let them know that their vote for the Princess of Darkness means you won't vote for them the next time 'round. Here's a list of "nay" voters (the good guys):
Akaka (D-HI) Bayh (D-IN) Boxer (D-CA) Byrd (D-WV) Dayton (D-MN) Durbin (D-IL)
Harkin (D-IA) Jeffords (I-VT) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerry (D-MA) Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)

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UPDATE 2: all eight Democratic Party members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against Gonzalez nomination to the AG job:
Leahy, VT Kennedy, MA Biden, DE Kohl, WI Feinstein, CA Feingold, WI
Schumer, NY Durbin, IL Edwards, NC

This vote and your phone call to your own Senator should push for open floor debate in the Senate and every single Democrat to vote "nay" on this nomination. Although you may not bother wasting your breath with Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman.

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There's still time to call your Senators and demand that they reject the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for the post of Attorney General. The vote is today. Even WaPo and the NYT are calling for a "no" vote on this fascist creep.

Via Progressive Blog Digest and Daily Kos, here's a clip from a piece you can use to frame your justification when you call:
In January 2002, Gonzales advised the President that the United States Constitution does not apply to his actions as Commander in Chief, and thus the President could declare the Geneva Conventions inoperative. Gonzales's endorsement of the August 2002 Bybee/Yoo Memorandum approved a definition of torture so vague and evasive as to declare it nonexistent. Most shockingly, he has embraced the unacceptable view that the President has the power to ignore the Constitution, laws duly enacted by Congress and International treaties duly ratified by the United States. He has called the Geneva Conventions "quaint."

Legal opinions at the highest level have grave consequences. What were the consequences of Gonzales's actions? The policies for which Gonzales provided a cover of legality - views which he expressly reasserted in his Senate confirmation hearings - inexorably led to abuses that have undermined military discipline and the moral authority our nation once carried. His actions led directly to documented violations at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and widespread abusive conduct in locales around the world . . .

Also, don't forget to watch the same bunch of cowardly, slick-talkin' morons vote to confirm Condi.

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