What About The Devil We Don’t Know…? [Updated]

So, while there might be reasons to celebrate his departure, note the list of potential candidates: Ashcroft Quits Top Justice Post; Evans Going, Too

Leading candidates to succeed Mr. Ashcroft include Alberto R. Gonzales, the White House counsel, and Marc Racicot, the chairman of Mr. Bush’s re-election campaign. Larry D. Thompson, who served as deputy attorney general until last year and is now the general counsel of Pepsico in Purchase, N.Y., is a personal favorite of the president but is said not to be interested in the job, a Republican close to the White House said.

In case you need the pointer, here’s the Bybee memo to Gonzales on torture. And American Progress points to the memo with his assertion that “this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quanit some of its provisions requiring that captured enemy be afforded such things as commissary privileges, scrip (i.e., advances of monthly pay), atheletic uniforms, and scientific instruments.”

From the NYTimes’ editorial page: The Rule of Law at Gitmo

It is too early to tell whether a post-John Ashcroft Justice Department will view these issues differently. For now, the administration says it will appeal this week’s ruling, which could set the stage for another Supreme Court ruling that it has gone too far. Meanwhile, America’s image abroad will take another beating, and our soldiers will be in even greater danger in the future of being denied Geneva Convention protections should they be captured. The administration should drop the appeal and concentrate instead on upgrading its flawed policies.

Another example of legal shenanigans on the part of Mr. Gonzales: Memos Reveal War Crimes Warnings

Slashdot: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft Resigns

Related: Foreign Enrollment Declines at Universities, Surveys Say

Update: Trial balloon? Or demonstration that some things just down’t seem to matter? Gonzales to Succeed Ashcroft, Sources Say [pdf] — BBC Confirmation – Bush names Texas ally to key post

Later: The NYTimes posts some excerpts from Gonzales’ legal writings [pdf]

Later: Salon’s War Room points to an Atlantic Monthly article on the memos Gonzales wrote for then-Gov. Bush when considering death penalty clemency: The Texas Clemency Memos (html) (pdf)