Should we feel sympathy for Alberto Gonzales? On Monday, the former U.S. Attorney General told National Public Radio host Michel Martin that even though he has become a leading target of Bush Administration critics, he will ultimately be vindicated.
“I don't see a criminal prosecution for me, nor for anyone that I'm aware of, because again...people acted in good faith,” said Gonzales.
Gonzales, who was the first Latino to ever lead the U.S. Justice Department, also addressed recent comments made by President Obama’s attorney general nominee, Eric Holder, who said that his predecessor's war-on-terrorism
tactics—specifically the practice of water boarding (controlled drowning) during interrogation—qualify as torture.
“One needs to be careful in making a blanket pronouncement like that," responded Gonzales, warning that Holder's remarks could influence the "morale and dedication" of intelligence officials and lawyers who are attempting to make cases against terrorism suspects.
Within his first week of office, President Obama has already signed executive orders instructing the CIA to shut down Guantanamo Bay and other secret prisons, demonstrating that the U.S. will now have a zero-tolerance policy against human torture. Meanwhile, Gonzales, who has given few interviews since his August 2007 resignation for the improper firings of nine federal judges, just revealed that he is in the process of writing a book to share his side of the story.
Do you think Alberto Gonzales is genuinely sorry for his mistakes, or is he just trying to wet our appetite for his upcoming tell-all book?