Thursday, November 22, 2007

who said war crime doesn't pay?

photo by scott robertson of the indepndent florida alligatorreported elsewhere tho not terribly widely (i only heard about it on democracy now yesterday), discredited AG alberto gonzales is taking his case on the road for some cool cash; his gainesville audience at least responded with a little heat.

think progress has the story and the video. you think he had to sweat at all for that $40K? AP reports he's going to get another $30K from the good folks at washington university in st. louis. the UF student protestors spent monday night in jail and were released the next day pending a subsequent court appearance where there will probably be sentenced to community services. well done, guys!

most disturbing tho perhaps is this little tidbit:
Gonzales is being offered to audiences by New York-based Greater Talent Network, the same organization that arranges speaking tours for "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell, outed CIA operative Valerie Plame and ice cream guys Ben & Jerry. Calls and e-mails to the firm, which bills itself as "America's leading celebrity speakers bureau," were not returned.
"greater talent network?" what talent of gonzales are they touting -- his twisting of well-established legal precedent into justifications of torture? seems to me the folks at GTN are the real scumbags. and you can bet that when plame comes to speak at my campus next week, even tho i am 100% behind her, i will ask her about this.

in the meantime, here is GTN's website and contact email address: . or better yet, write straight to founder and CEO don epstein: .

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