“…the lesson that this long course in human wickedness had taught us-the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil…” Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Former Bush administration Counsel and then Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez recently gave an interview, remarkable in its self-pity and right wingnut cult of victimization, to The Wall Street Journal:
DECEMBER 31, 2008
…On his role and the role of others in the White House in developing the since-rescinded Justice Department legal opinions on interrogation that became known as the “torture memos”:
“My job wasn’t to say, the agency [CIA] wants you to do this. I wouldn’t do that. We did not pressure the department [of Justice] to deliver a particular answer. That contention is terribly disrespectful to the reputations of the lawyers.”
“In the end it was up to the department. John Yoo had strong views. No one could make him do anything he didn’t want to do.”
On whether waterboarding is torture:
“I won’t answer that question. [To answer] Requires an interpretation of the statute that is very vague…”
[emphasis in original]
Uh, waterboarding is torture: A Small Clique Of Legal Extremists…
December 31, 2008, 9:17 am
Posted by Dan Slater
…In one of his final acts before leaving office, Gonzales denied he was planning to quit, even though he had told the president of his intention to resign. Asked about the misleading comment, he said: “At that point, I didn’t care.”
Evidently he never did.
I look forward to the day we see Alberto Gonzalez and his ilk answering at The Hague.