Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Gonzo's classmates SPEAK OUT!!! Today in the Washington Post, they
took out this add, as follows.

May 15, 2007
Dear Attorney General Gonzales:
Twenty-five years ago we, like you, graduated from Harvard Law
School. While we arrived via many different paths and held many
different views, we were united in our deep respect for the
Constitution and the rights it guaranteed. As members of the post-
Watergate generation who chose careers in law, we understood the
strong connection between our liberties as Americans and the
adherence of public officials to the law of the land. We knew that
the choice to abide by the law was even more critical when public
officials were tempted to take legal shortcuts. Nowhere were we
taught that the ends justifi ed the means, or that freedoms for which
Americans had fought and died should be set aside when inconvenient
or challenging. To the contrary: our most precious freedoms, we
learned, need defending most in times of crisis.
So it has been with dismay that we have watched your cavalier
handling of our freedoms time and
again. When it has been important that legal boundaries hold
unbridled government power in check, you
have instead used pretextual rationales and strained readings to
justify an ever-expanding executive authority.
Witness your White House memos sweeping aside the Geneva
Conventions to justify torture, endangering our own servicemen and
women; witness your advice to the President effectively reading
Habeas Corpus out of our constitutional protections; witness your
support of presidential statements claiming inherent
power to wiretap American citizens without warrants (and the
Administration's stepped-up wiretapping campaign, taking advantage of
those statements, which continues on your watch to this day); and
witness your dismissive explanation of the troubling firings of
numerous U.S. Attorneys, and their replacement withothers
more "loyal" to the President's politics, as merely "an overblown
personnel matter." In these and other actions, we see a pattern. As a
recent editorial put it, your approach has come to symbolize "disdain
for the separation of powers, civil liberties and the rule of law."
As lawyers, and as a matter of principle, we can no longer be
silent about this Administration's consistent disdain for the
liberties we hold dear. Your failure to stand for the rule of law,
particularly when faced with a President who makes the aggrandized
claim of being a unitary executive, takes this country down a
dangerous path.
Your country and your President are in dire need of an attorney who
will do the tough job of providing independent counsel, especially
when the advice runs counter to political expediency. Now more than
ever, our country needs a President, and an Attorney General, who
remember the apt observation attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "Those
who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary
Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." We call on you and the
President to relent from this reckless path, and begin to restore
respect for the rule of law we all learned to love many years ago.
Yours truly,
David M. Abromowitz
Boston, MA
Jonathan B. Baker
Bethesda, MD
Valerie D. Bell
St. Louis, MO
Raymond Angelo Belliotti
Fredonia, NY
James S. Berkman
Boston, MA
McKey W. Berkman
Boston, MA
Scott Brown
Hanover, NH
Robert D. Chesler
Roseland, NJ
Armond Cohen
Cambridge, MA
David Currier
Freeport, ME
Stuart W. Davidson
Philadelphia, PA
Daniel M. Elkort
San Francisco, CA
Matthew E. Epstein
Newton, MA
Mary T. Esposito
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Gary M. Fallon
Seattle, WA
William L. Fleming
Seattle, WA
Jonathan A. Funk
San Francisco, CA
Keith Halpern
Cambridge, MA
Matthew M. Horgan
London, UK
Elaine Johnson James
West Palm Beach, FL
Keith A. James
West Palm Beach, FL
Emily Joselson
Middlebury, VT
Cheryl D. Justice
Los Angeles, CA
Meredith J. Kane
New York, NY
Susan Kaplan
New York, NY
David Karnovsky
New York, NY
Gregory F. Keller
Great Neck, NY
David Kelston
Cambridge, MA
Otho E. Kerr III
New York, NY
Marisa Lago
New York, NY
Kathleen Larocque
Santa Rosa, CA
Karen Levinson
New York, NY
Christine A. Littleton
Los Angeles, CA
Nancy R. London
Pacifi c Palisades, CA
Beverly R. Lopez
Dallas, TX
Julian W. Mack
San Francisco, CA
Andy Miller
San Francisco, CA
Barbara Moses
New York, NY
Beth H. Parker
San Francisco, CA
Wendy E. Parmet
Newton, MA
Brendan J. Radigan
Providence, RI
Catherine Redlich
Ridgewood, NJ
Michael B. Reuben
New York, NY
Clifford S. Robbins
San Mateo, CA
James Rosenthal
New York, NY
Rusty Russell
Cambridge, MA
Eric Schneiderman
New York, NY
Eric Seiler
New York, NY
Jeffrey P. Smith
Evanston, IL
Lorna Soroko
Tucson, AZ
Alan M. Spiro
Boston, MA
David S. Steuer
Palo Alto, Califonia
Kelvin R. Westbrook
St. Louis, MO
Mary Whisner
Seattle, WA
Jeannette Anderson Winn
Greenville, SC
Marshall Winn

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