Tuesday, August 28, 2007

  • "The Largest Law Enforcement Agency in America Has Been Manipulated for Political Purposes"–Rep Conyers on Gonzales Legacy


    After months of calls for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally resigned on Monday. He had been at the center of numerous congressional investigations including the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the overall politicization of the Justice Department and the Bush administration’s secret warrantless domestic surveillance operation. We speak with House Judiciary Chair Rep. John Conyers. [includes rush transcript]

  • Conyers on Impeachment of Bush, Cheney: Not Enough Time or Votes


    "I’ve got the Constitution in one hand and a calculator in the other," House Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D–MI) said today on Democracy Now! when asked about the possibility of impeachment. Conyers said hearings could "make the record clear that there has been a great deal of violation of the sworn oath of office, abuses of power ... but there isn’t the time for it." He also said he doesn’t think there are enough votes in the House and Senate to support impeachment. [includes rush transcript]

  • Attorney Scott Horton: Gonzales Resignation Puts Torture, Guantanamo Back on Center Stage in Washington


    "The resignation of Alberto Gonzales is putting the question of torture, Guantanamo and related issues back in center stage in Washington," said Columbia law professor Scott Horton. "We know down to the end, he was the last major ally of Vice President Cheney on these issues so his replacement could make all the difference." [includes rush transcript]

  • As Speculation Grows of Chertoff Replacing Gonzales, a Look Back at Misconduct Charges in his Prosecution of John Walker Lindh


    Speculation is growing that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be tapped to replace outgoing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. We speak with former Justice Department attorney, Jesselyn Radack, who charges that department officials under Chertoff improperly questioned John Waker Lindh and that her memos raising ethical concerns about his interrogation were purged. [includes rush transcript]

  • Renowned Psychologist, Author Returns APA Award over Interrogation Policy


    Renowned psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Mary Pipher decided last week to return her Presidential Citation award from the APA in protest. In a letter to the group’s president, she wrote, "I have struggled for many months with this decision and I make it with pain and sorrow. ... I do not want an award from an organization that sanctions its members’ participation in the enhanced interrogations at CIA 'black sites' and at Guantanamo." [includes rush transcript]