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Alberto R. Gonzales Esq.

Self Description

November 2005: "Alberto R. Gonzales was sworn in as the nation's 80th Attorney General on February 3, 2005.

In his initial remarks to Department of Justice employees, Attorney General Gonzales reminded them of their mission and noted they have "a special obligation to protect America against future acts of terrorism. We will continue to make that our top priority while remaining consistent with our values and legal obligations. That will be the lodestar that guides us in our efforts at the Department."

Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, he was commissioned as Counsel to President George W. Bush in January of 2001. Prior to serving in the White House, he served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. Before his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court in 1999, he served as Texas' 100th Secretary of State from December 2, 1997 to January 10, 1999. Among his many duties as Secretary of State, Gonzales was a senior advisor to then Governor Bush, chief elections officer, and the Governor's lead liaison on Mexico and border issues.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, Gonzales was the General Counsel to Governor Bush for three years. Before joining the Governor's staff, he was a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Houston, Texas. He joined the firm in June 1982. While in private practice, Gonzales also taught law as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center..."

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2010: "The challenge to the civil commitment law was brought by five prisoners. The case of Graydon Comstock was typical. In November 2006, six days before Mr. Comstock was to have completed a 37-month sentence for receiving child pornography, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales certified that Mr. Comstock was a sexually dangerous person."

April 2009: "The CQ article, citing unnamed present and former national security officials, said a preliminary review was halted by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales because he wanted Ms. Harman’s support in dissuading The New York Times from running an article disclosing a program of wiretapping without warrants conducted by the National Security Agency."

May 2009: "The Velvet Revolution complaint also names Steven G. Bradbury, who headed the legal counsel office from 2005 to 2009; the three attorneys general, John Ashcroft, Alberto R. Gonzales and Michael B. Mukasey; Michael Chertoff and Alice S. Fisher, who headed the Justice Department’s criminal division; two former Pentagon officials, Douglas J. Feith and William J. Haynes II; and two former White House lawyers, Timothy E. Flanigan and David S. Addington."

September 2008: 'The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."...Remember the questions about what then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales knew and when he knew it?'

July 2008: 'Gonzales told investigators he was unaware of the illegal hiring practices his aides were using. "It's simply not possible for any Cabinet officer to be completely aware of and micromanage the activities of staffers, particularly where they don't inform him of what's going on," said George J. Terwilliger III, Gonzales's attorney.'

October 2007: "In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Thornburgh became the first former Republican attorney general to join with Democratic lawmakers to suggest that the Justice Department under Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales had singled out Democratic politicians for prosecution."

January 2008: "The hearing marked the end of a quiet period for the new attorney general, whose November confirmation was opposed by most Democrats because of his refusal to take a stand on waterboarding's legality. Mukasey replaced Alberto R. Gonzales, who quit after months of controversy surrounding the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and other scandals."

October 2007: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

August 2007: In February 2004, then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales told a meeting of the American Bar Association that citizens who take up arms against America don't deserve legal counsel. Any individual rights, he said, 'must give way to the national security needs of this country to gather intelligence from captured enemy combatants.'

May 2007: "At an executive session Wednesday during the Justice Department's annual U.S. attorneys conference, Gonzales met with most of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys to apologize for the controversy over the firings of nine prosecutors last year and to attempt to shore up sagging morale."

April 2007: Previously, charges were generally brought just against conspiracies to corrupt the election process, not against individual offenders, Craig Donsanto, head of the elections crimes branch, told a panel investigating voter fraud last year. For deterrence, Mr. Donsanto said, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales authorized prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against individuals.

March 2007: Missouri's photo ID law was struck down by the state Supreme Court in October 2006, just before the midterm elections. But by then, the Bush administration had used a loophole in the Patriot Act to appoint Bradley Schlozman, who had supervised the voting section of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ at headquarters in Washington, as Graves' successor in the Western District. The loophole was closed by a vote of the Senate on Tuesday, but in March of 2006 Alberto Gonzales was able to make Schlozman a U.S. attorney without seeking confirmation from the Senate.

February 2007: Under yesterday's accord, announced by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, more than three dozen lawmakers will have access to the secret court orders governing the spying program that were issued Jan. 10 and the applications from the Justice Department that preceded them. The lawmakers include the House and Senate leaders, the members of the two intelligence panels and the heads of the two judiciary committees, officials said.

January 2007: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales acknowledged yesterday that some U.S. attorneys have been asked to resign their posts in recent weeks because of performance issues, but he denied any political motives and vowed to quickly submit new nominees for the jobs to the Senate for confirmation.

January 2007: In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American.

September 2006: The unusual request, in a letter delivered Tuesday to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, is the latest attack upon prosecutorial guidelines that were adopted after the collapse of Enron and other corporate scandals. Any revision to the guidelines would change the way the government pursues white-collar cases.

June 2006: 'Our philosophy is that we try to identify plots in the earliest stages possible, because we don't know what we don't know about a terrorism plot, and that once we have sufficient information to move forward with the prosecution, that's what we do,' Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said at the Washington news conference.

May 2006: In a February letter clarifying his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, for example, Gonzales appeared to suggest that the NSA program might extend beyond the outlines of what Bush described in December. In early April, during an appearance at the House Judiciary Committee, Gonzales said he could not rule out the possibility that Bush could order warrantless wiretaps on telephone calls occurring solely within the United States.

February 2006: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales spent more than seven hours yesterday sparring with skeptical lawmakers over a controversial domestic eavesdropping program, defending its legality while refusing to answer dozens of questions about its operations or whether President Bush has authorized other types of warrantless searches or surveillance in the United States.

January 2006: The Congressional Research Service's report rebuts the central assertions made recently by Bush and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales about the president's authority to order secret intercepts of telephone and e-mail exchanges between people inside the United States and their contacts abroad.

December 2005: In asserting the legality of the program, Bush cited his power under Article II of the Constitution as well as the resolution authorizing force passed by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks. The resolution never mentions such surveillance, but Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said it is implicit and cited last year's Supreme Court decision in Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld , which found that the force resolution effectively authorized Bush to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely as enemy combatants. But the same ruling held that detainees are entitled to challenge their imprisonment in court.

March 2005: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales yesterday defended the practice of "extraordinary rendition," the process under which the United States sometimes transfers detainees in the war on terrorism to other nations where they may undergo harsh interrogation, trial or imprisonment.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Opponent (past or present) American Freedom Agenda (AFA) Organization Aug 30, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ) Organization Mar 8, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) White House (Presidential advisory staff) Organization
Supervisor of (past or present) Steven "Steve" G. Bradbury Esq. Person Oct 4, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Mary Beth Buchanan Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Subordinate of (past or present) Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Feb 1, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Gov. Christopher J. Christie Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Bud Cummins Esq. Person Oct 1, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) H.E. Cummins III, Esq. Person Jan 31, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Alice S. Fisher Esq. Person Nov 23, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Monica M. Goodling Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Todd P. Graves Esq. Person Jun 6, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Thomas B. Heffelfinger Esq. Person May 14, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) David C. Iglesias Esq. Person Mar 21, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Peter D. Keisler Esq. Person Apr 10, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Carol C. Lam Esq. Person Jan 31, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) William J. Leone Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Paul J. McNulty Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) William "Bill" E. Moschella Esq. Person Dec 10, 2005
Succeeded by Judge Michael B. Mukasey Esq. Person Jan 10, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Kevin V. Ryan Esq. Person Jan 31, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) D. Kyle Sampson Esq. Person May 21, 2007
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Bradley J. Schlozman Esq. Person Mar 21, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Esq. Person Dec 9, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) David York Esq. Person May 21, 2007

Articles and Resources

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May 17, 2010 Extended Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders Is Upheld

QUOTE: In a broad endorsement of federal power, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress has the authority under the Constitution to allow the continued civil commitment of sex offenders after they have completed their criminal sentences. The 7-to-2 decision touched off a heated debate among the justices on a question that has lately engaged the Tea Party movement and opponents of the new health care law: What limits does the Constitution impose on Congress’s power to legislate on matters not specifically delegated to it in Article I?

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 Transcripts, E-Mails Detail Campaign to Oust U.S. Attorney

QUOTE: The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2009 Immigration Judges Found Under Strain

QUOTE: Surging caseloads and a chronic lack of resources to handle them are taking a toll on judges in the nation’s immigration courts...

New York Times
May 18, 2009 Advocacy Groups Seek Disbarment of Ex-Bush Administration Lawyers

QUOTE: A coalition of left-wing advocacy groups filed legal ethics complaints on Monday against 12 former Bush administration lawyers, including three United States attorneys general, whom the groups accuse of helping to justify torture. The coalition, called Velvet Revolution, asked the bar associations in four states and the District of Columbia to disbar the lawyers...

New York Times
Apr 20, 2009 Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists

QUOTE: [Representative Jane Harman of California was] overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation...

New York Times
Sep 30, 2008 Politics Over Prosecutors

QUOTE: The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2008 Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices

QUOTE: An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2008 New evidence collected in 1946 lynching case

QUOTE: On July 25, 1946, two black sharecropper couples were shot hundreds of times and the unborn baby of one of the women cut out with a knife at the Moore's Ford Bridge. One of the men had been accused of stabbing a white man 11 days earlier and was bailed out of jail by a former Ku Klux Klan member and known bootlegger who drove him, his wife, her brother and his wife to the bridge. The FBI statement said investigators were following up on information recently received in the case, one of several the agency has revived in an effort to close decades-old cases from the civil rights era and before.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 27, 2008 Two Testify on Memo Spelling Out Interrogation

QUOTE: Two Bush administration lawyers who provided important legal justification for harsh interrogation methods that critics denounce as torture made a rare public appearance on Thursday to defend their actions...Both men made clear that a controversial torture memorandum of Aug. 1, 2002, was reviewed at the White House and in the office of Attorney General John Ashcroft and was by no means a renegade initiative of Mr. Yoo, its chief author. The memorandum, which said pain had to reach the level produced by “death or organ failure” to be illegal torture, was later withdrawn.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2008 Report Sees Illegal Hiring Practices at Justice Department

QUOTE: “Many qualified candidates” were rejected for the department’s honors program because of what was perceived as a liberal bias, the report found. Those practices, the report concluded, “constituted misconduct and also violated the department’s policies and civil service law that prohibit discrimination in hiring based on political or ideological affiliations.”

New York Times
Apr 02, 2008 Yoo Talkin' to Me? Plausible deniability, and other reasons why warfare by midlevel legal memoranda is a really bad idea.

QUOTE: What's going to happen to John Yoo is pretty much what has happened to every other lawyer who ever offered a plausible-sounding legal opinion about how to break the laws in pursuing the war on terror. Nothing. He was just doing his job. The worst thing that will happen to Yoo may be that he has to teach the dreaded 8:30 a.m. Friday class at Berkeley next year. It's the lawyers who wrote the "no" memos who lost their jobs.

Feb 23, 2008 Justice Probes Authors Of Waterboarding Memos

QUOTE: An internal watchdog office at the Justice Department is investigating whether Bush administration lawyers violated professional standards by issuing legal opinions that authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques...

Washington Post
Jan 30, 2008 Mukasey Hints at Wider CIA Probe

QUOTE: [New] testimony [from Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey ] indicated that the CIA tapes probe, which Mukasey launched earlier this month, could go beyond the tape destruction itself to examine the actions of the current and former CIA employees who carried out coercive interrogations.

Washington Post
Oct 24, 2007 Democrats Were Targets in Inquiries, Panel Is Told

QUOTE: His unusually harsh criticism of fellow Republicans was directed specifically at the United States attorney in Pittsburgh, Mary Beth Buchanan, who was director of the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, based in Washington, in 2004 and 2005. That office has come under scrutiny for its role in the dismissal of United States attorneys last year, in some cases for what appear to have been partisan reasons.

New York Times
Oct 05, 2007 Debate Erupts on Techniques Used by C.I.A.

QUOTE: The disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions on interrogation on Thursday set off a bitter round of debate over the treatment of terrorism suspects in American custody and whether Congress has been adequately informed of legal policies.

New York Times
Oct 04, 2007 Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

QUOTE: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

New York Times
Sep 23, 2007 Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence: U.S. Estimates Thousands of Victims, But Efforts to Find Them Fall Short

QUOTE: Congress passed a law, triggering a little-noticed worldwide war on human trafficking that began at the end of the Clinton administration and is now a top Bush administration priority. As part of the fight, President Bush has blanketed the nation with 42 Justice Department task forces and spent more than $150 million -- all to find and help the estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of forced prostitution or labor in the United States. But the government couldn't find them.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2007 New misgivings on wiretap law: Some Democrats regret updating FISA to expand the NSA's ability to tap American calls.

QUOTE: The expanded snooping powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been controversial ever since they became public in 2006… At issue now is the temporary update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) passed earlier this month…

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 15, 2007 Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issues: His detention and interrogation in the US raises basic constitutional questions.

QUOTE: Many legal scholars and intelligence experts say Padilla's ordeal highlights the danger of a government that obtains information through secret, coercive means and then selectively releases some of it to justify its actions.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 01, 2007 NSA Spying Part of Broader Effort: Intelligence Chief Says Bush Authorized Secret Activities Under One Order

QUOTE: The disclosure makes clear that a controversial National Security Agency program was part of a much broader operation than the president previously described.

Washington Post

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