ADC Letter in Washington Times on AG Nomination
Mukasey a poor choice
Attorney General nominee Judge Michael Mukasey has once again disappointed our national expectations. (“Mukasey refuses to call waterboarding illegal,” Nation, yesterday).
All four currently serving judge advocate generals for the armed forces are on record in qualifying waterboarding as torture and constituting a war crime.
The attorney general is the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and is tasked with the application of the rule of law. The attorney general must be able to maintain the delicate balance between national security and individual liberties and rights.
Mr. Mukasey’s hesitancy on this matter, his doubts as to whether noncitizens in U.S. custody should enjoy the protection of the U.S. Constitution and his prior advocacy for the creation of separate national security courts to hear terrorism-related cases foreshadow a possible unwillingness on his part to enforce the rule of law, including that of our Constitution and international legal standards that our nation has championed for decades.
It is time for President Bush to nominate an attorney general who stands up for the true values that have defined our nation; Mr. Mukasey is not such a nominee.
National executive director
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee