Gonzales Confirmation

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At a Senate hearing tomorrow, Democrats promise a grilling of the man President Bush wants to replace Attorney General John Ashcroft. As White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales oversaw policy memos calling the Geneva Conventions both "quaint" and "obsolete." Critics say they provided the rationale for torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Did Gonzales provide the best advice available against threats of another September 11? Are Democrats out to prevent him from reaching the US Supreme Court? We get a preview of expected fireworks at tomorrow's confirmation hearing from journalists, legal experts, former military and defense officers, and one of those scheduled to testify at the hearing.
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UNICEF on the children of the 'Tsunami Generation'

White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on AG Nominee Alberto Gonzales

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Gonzales nomination

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights on Gonzales nomination

People for the American Way on Gonzales nomination

New York Daily News article on Gonzales, Kerick vetting

New York Times article on Gonzales' efforts on 2002 torture ruling

Gu-a del Migrante Mexicano (Guide for the Mexican Migrant)

Moore's article on border-crossing tips from Mexican government



Warren Olney