Sunday, April 29, 2007

ALBERTO GONZALES ROUTED FROM 25TH REUNION AT HARVARD, AP MISREPORTS THE FACTS

"On behalf of many other Harvard Law students, I'd like to tell you that we are ashamed to have you as an alumnus of this school. And we're glad you're here to be able to tell you that." --An unidentified third-year Harvard law student upon confronting Attorney General Gonzales.

Cambridge, Mass.--Michael Moore's site is reporting today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was confronted so-frequently at his 25th law school reunion that he had to leave out a back door from the affair. Best of all, he was confronted by angry students dressed in orange jumpsuits with black hoods, just as they're utilized at Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo prison. Good going kids, at least you know how long Habeus Corpus has been around and what an affront this administration is to our traditions of democracy.


The story--now disseminated throughout the wires--is headlined with the assertion that Gonzales's fromer classmates thanked the students afterwards, but I didn't notice this anywhere in the article. Today, the U.S. military is shelling the southern parts of Baghdad, underscoring that the situation has escalated to total war and that there is no order in Iraq, particularly the capital. 99 American soldiers have died in the month of April, while Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib are still operating at full-capacity. We can all assume that torture is still being administered there and Gonzales has a hand in it. It's going to take decades to repair the damage to America and the world.

This writer has caught either AP or a so-called "source" in a lie. The article asserts that some of Gonzales's fellow-graduates didn't even notice the protest. Look at the photos at www.michaelmoore.com, and you tell me they didn't notice the protest.

When the photographer was getting everybody set up and having people say 'cheese,' the protesters yelled: 'say torture, instead,' 'resign' and 'I don't recall,'" said Nate Ela, a protester and third-year student. Law school spokesman Mike Armini said the impromptu protest was so small that some of those attending the photo shoot did not notice it. (AP, 04.29.2007)
Prove it, Mr. Armini. Who were they? How did they miss the student in the orange jumpsuit? It's obvious that none of them could have missed him, or the shouts. They are lawyers, after all. Is Mr. Armini suggesting they weren't perceptive? That not one of the ingredients of a good attorney, but look at how forgetful Mr. Gonzales has been under oath. Perhaps they're all getting-on in years. The question is: why would AP continue to protect the Bush administration? Why would Harvard? I think we can guess.


Unreported in the story is an embarrassing fact: Gonzales was replaced as the reunion's luncheon speaker by Colorado State University Pueblo President Joseph Garcia. Bring in another Hispanic-person who's successful and not so contentious and controversial (or possibly even a crook).

Gonzales, a 1982 graduate of the Harvard Law School, had been scheduled to speak at the reunion's luncheon on April 20. But with the attorney general's recent controversy surrounding the December dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, Gonzales canceled his appearance at Harvard.Garcia, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1983, was asked to replace Gonzales as the luncheon speaker. "They [Harvard Law School] contacted me a couple of weeks ago and told me it didn't look like Alberto was going to be available," Garcia said Monday. Garcia already had planned to attend the reunion and visit his daughter, a first-year Harvard law student, while at the school. (Pueblo Chieftan, 04.14.2007)
Or did he cancel his appearance? Could it have been the Board of Regents? It wouldn't be a surprise if it was, anymore than when he's fired that he claims to have "resigned." Let's face it--he's an embarrassment to everyone in America, upending Habeus Corpus, an 800-year-old tradition in Anglo-American law. It's the foundation of democracy, and he and the former-GOP majority have done incredible harm to it, the very foundation of law in North America and the UK. As a practitioner of law, there is no lower-rung than this, it's like a surgeon leaving a scalpel in a patient on-purpose.
 

AP's possible damage-control job:http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/04/29/ap/us/d8oq1rfo0.txt

The Original Story (with photos) at MichaelMoore.com: http://www.michaelmoore.com/mustread/index.php?id=870

The Pueblo Chieftan, 04.14.2007: http://www.chieftain.com/metro/1176530400/9