Tuesday HausGuest Announcement – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez

This is a HUGE privilege – both for me and my listeners.

If Alberto Gonzales‘ name rings no bells, here is a short summary of his extensive bio:

  • He replaced John Ashcroft as Attorney General of the United States in February of 2005.
  • Gonzalez resigned in September of 2007, in part due to extreme partisan opposition, going so far as a no-confidence resolution vote in Congress and discussions of impeachment.
  • His tenure as AG was extremely controversial due to his foreign policy positions (specifically regarding the war on terror and “enhanced interrogation techniques”) and domestic governmental activity (NSA eavesdropping program, dismissal of U.S. Attorneys, and more).
  • He served as Counsel to the Governor of Texas, Secretary of State of Texas and as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
  • He is an Air Force veteran who attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and he is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School.
  • Currently, he is the Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville.

He has just written a biography:

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Here is a summary of the book:

True Faith and Allegiance is personal history from Alberto R. Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to the President—the only lawyer and only Hispanic to hold both these positions. It gives an insider’s account of a tumultuous, and still controversial, period of American history. Born to a working-class family in Humble, Texas, Gonzales grew up with his seven siblings in a modest two-bedroom home. His loving and devout parents taught him the conservative values of hard work and accountability that motivated Gonzales to pursue the highest standard of education – Harvard Law School – and later the highest echelons of power – the White House. He was a confidant to President George W. Bush, serving alongside him through the crucible of the 9/11 attacks. He further played a vital role in shaping the administration’s immediate response to protect America and the far-reaching steps to prevent further harm.

In True Faith and Allegiance, Gonzales offers his perspective on many challenges of the George W. Bush White House:

  1. The immediate needs of the President as the nation looked for leadership and courage in the aftermath of 9/11, and how Gonzales’ faith helped him endure.
  2. Working with Congress to decide whether the United States was technically at war, deciding who the enemy was, and how to defeat them.
  3. Laying out the legal framework to go after supporters of terrorism post-9/11 and the role of the mysterious FISA court.
  4. How this new world war on terror demanded new tactics and responses, including the enhancement of the National Security Agency (NSA).
  5. What really happened at Attorney General John Ashcroft’s hospital bed, and the national security implications regarding the nation’s terrorist surveillance program.
  6. The phantom leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband’s claim of retribution by Vice President Cheney for opposing the President over Iraq.
  7. Passionate debates in top secret meetings with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on the war in Iraq and international involvement.

This is going to be an INCREDIBLY interesting segment, to be sure.


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