Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who supported torture under the Bush administration, appeared on CNN today to share his thoughts on keeping the U.S. safe.
“I think we can keep America, America,” Gonzales said, per RawStory.com. “But clearly we can accommodate both our security and we can accommodate our liberties. But let’s face it, let’s be realistic. In a society like ours where we enjoy so many freedoms, you know, to expect that we can be 100 percent safe, I think, is unrealistic. We are clearly safer today than we were on 9/11, we’ve done a lot to make America safer today, but we will never be safe in a society like ours.”
According to The Atlantic, Gonzales wrote a memo to President Bush in 2002 which claimed that the War on Terror "renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.."
Ironically, Gonzales admitted on CNN today that it was the U.S. foreign policy, which he helped shape, that was inspiring terrorism against the U.S.
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“The truth of the matter is, there are some people in this country, around the world who are very unhappy about U.S. foreign policy, and as a result of that, hostility rises, rage rises. And people want to reach out against the United States,” said Gonzales.