Gonzales: I'm a Casualty of War on Terror

Controversial ex-AG defends White House role
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 6:46 AM CST
Alberto Gonzales addresses the Detroit Economic Club in Dearborn, Mich., last year.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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(Newser) – Controversial former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales didn't deserve the flak he got as a high-ranking Bush administration official, he tells the Wall Street Journal. Gonzales was pilloried for his involvement in the government's "war on terror" policies, but he denies drafting the legal opinions that supported harsh interrogation techniques and holding "unlawful combatants" indefinitely. "What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong?" he asks.

Gonzales, who hasn't been able to land a job since leaving the administration 16 months ago, is writing a book to tell his side of the story. Chapters about the more controversial aspects of his work, including the politically motivated firing of nine US attorneys and the administration's eavesdropping program, remain blank for now, however, because some of those issues are still under investigation.