Gonzales Hearings Include Torture Questions Confirmation hearings begin Thursday for Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales. We discuss the man who's been a longtime adviser to President Bush -- and who's been involved in many of the administration's post-Sept. 11 terrorism policies.
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Gonzales Hearings Include Torture Questions

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Gonzales Hearings Include Torture Questions

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Two themes emerged as Alberto Gonzales faced the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearings as the nominee for attorney general. One was the compelling story of the son of Mexican migrants who went from the Air Force to Harvard Law School. But questions also arose over what Gonzales has done in those positions, with pointed inquiries regarding adherence to the rule of law -- and specifically a memo that expanded the limits of forcible interrogation, and, some say, paved the way to alleged abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. We learn more about Alberto Gozales and the role of the attorney general.

Guests:

Michael Hirsh, senior editor, Newsweek

Wayne Slater, senior political writer, Dallas Morning News

Phillip Carter, military police captain, 1997-2001; practices government contracts law and international law

David Rivkin, Jr., attorney; served with the Reagan and Bush administrations