Strangely enough, Gonzales spent the larger part of his lecture talking about international cooperation in the realm of traditional law enforcement, singling out such crimes as human trafficking, child pornography, corruption, trade in illegal drugs, and intellectual property violations, and the multilateral approaches to them. He even cited the case of Ze’ev Rosenstein, the Israeli crime boss recently extradited to the
The critics in the audience were not deterred by rector Zvi Shtauber’s warm welcoming words to Gonzales - “the atmosphere here is very warm toward you and to President Bush” – nor by the Attorney General’s praise for “this wonderful little country.”
One of the first issues raised was
More disconcerting was Gonzales’s recurring invocation of the “poppa knows best” model. Even after Abu Ghraib, as well as the numerous smaller-scale improprieties, the Attorney General seemed to insist that the administration would do what is right, even without the usual legal procedures that one would associate with due process of the law. Thus, in response to an audience member who asked whether there were any
At the same time, Gonzales continued to pay lip service to the importance of protecting civil liberties, insisting that it was possible to respect basic human dignities as well as to protect one’s country. In the same breath, he asked whether the Geneva Conventions “still play the same role as before” in the post-9/11 era. Somewhat cavalierly, he answered his rhetorical question, with the words that they were “still important.”See also the coverage in the Jerusalem Post and the Daily Telegraph.