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GONZALES AND ASHCROFT ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH

The News article by Dana Milbanks of the Washington Post regarding President Bush's choice of Alberto Gonzales for attorney general was misleading. It claimed that Gonzales' philosophy differs drastically from that of John Ashcroft. This is just not the case.

Although it correctly contrasted Gonzales' humble beginnings as the son of hardworking Mexican-American parents to that of Ashcroft's parents, it failed to point out their vast ideologic similarities. Like Ashcroft, Gonzales is a strong backer of the Patriot Act. Shortly after 9/1 1, they vigorously advocated a policy of detaining thousands of citizens of Middle Eastern descent without notification or access to their families or lawyers. Both Ashcroft and Gonzales have used the war on terrorism to justify their disregard for portions of the Geneva Convention.

Gonzales has even been quoted as describing certain aspects of the Geneva Convention as "quaint." The article failed to serve the public by omitting important facts that will assist readers in making an intelligent analysis of Bush's nominee. Unfortunately, we can expect more of the same, or worse, if Gonzales is confirmed.

Paul Bruschini

Buffalo