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225 Religous Leaders to Urge Administration and Gonzales to Denounce Torture

From this Bloomberg Article:

"A group of 225 religious leaders plans a conference call with reporters tomorrow to urge Gonzales to denounce the use of torture under any circumstances. Hoar and Cullen are also scheduled to speak in Washington tomorrow at a news conference organized by Human Rights First.

In a letter to be sent to the Judiciary Committee, Hoar said he, Cullen and others who are being asked to sign on will urge the committee to question Gonzales closely about both the detention and interrogation policies and the legal opinion by a Justice Department lawyer that the president, as commander in chief, wasn't bound by international law.

Cullen, now a partner at the New York law firm of Anderson, Kill & Olick, said in an interview that Gonzales showed poor judgment in writing the memo because it endorsed a proposal ``to depart from our obligations under the Geneva Conventions, which he deemed quaint and perhaps obsolete.''

Gonzales's attempt to place detention policies outside the Geneva Conventions to avoid subjecting military personnel to prosecution under the War Crimes Act is ``unbecoming of the United States'' and anyone who would be attorney general, said retired Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, former judge advocate general of the Navy."



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