Who will replace Alberto Gonzales - and why?
by Christopher Bollyn
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is currently being described as "embattled" and may be forced to resign over his handling of the prosecutors' firings.
|With terrorist confessions coming out from Guantanamo from people like
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, claiming to be the mastermind of 9/11, how will
the next Attorney General respond?
How can the Dept. of Justice allow the "mastermind" of 9/11 to avoid being tried in a U.S. court for the murder of 3,000 people on 9/11?
Who will be the first relative to sue the detainee known as KSM for the murder of their loved one? Only by bringing KSM into a court will the necessary discovery and evidence be presented. This is the only way we can hope to learn who was really behind the terror attacks of 9/11.
This is the 9/11 conundrum facing the Dept. of Justice and the American nation. Who will be the Attorney General when these issues come to the fore?
The Associated Press speculates who might succeed Gonzales if he doesn't survive the current political tumult.
The AP listed some of the possible candidates:
• Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
Rosenberg should also be considered as a possible candidate. Of these seven named candidates, 2 are very closely tied to the extremely flawed investigation of 9/11 – Michael Chertoff and Chuck Rosenberg. Ted Olson's wife is among the missing passengers of 9/11.
As counselor to former attorney general John Ashcroft and counsel to
FBI Director Robert Mueller, Rosenberg was at the highest level of the
decision making process that led to the non-investigation and cover-up
of the facts of 9/11.
ROSENBERG & 9/11
When Rosenberg was appointed in March, 2001, to run the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, The Washington Post said he was in charge of "the central front in the government's legal war on terrorism." He was confirmed by the Senate in June 2001.
Rosenberg's role was clearly central to the government's legal response to 9/11. This response can only be called extremely flawed because it resulted in a secret investigation in which crucial evidence from the Pentagon and other 9/11 sites has been confiscated and concealed. The evidence from the Pentagon was under the direct control of Rosenberg.
After Sam Danner, who claims to have been an eyewitness at the Pentagon, said he had been involved in picking up fragments from the Pentagon lawn, I asked Pentagon spokesperson Cheryl Irwin about who was ordering the collection of this evidence into Hefty bags.
Irwin told me that the FBI had taken control of the crash site "almost immediately" and that all questions about how the investigation had been conducted should be directed to the FBI.
I turned to Debra J. Weierman, spokesperson for the FBI's Washington field office, about the way the debris fragments at the Pentagon had been collected and the identity of the agent who supervised it. Weierman did not respond to my questions.
Bill Carter from the FBI's national headquarters defended the hasty
collection of evidence into Hefty trash bags.
9/11 EVIDENCE "IN A WAREHOUSE SOMEWHERE"
Asked where this evidence was and why it had not been shown to the press and public, Carter said that it was probably in "a warehouse somewhere" and had been withheld due to the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker who was in jail in Minnesota at the time of the attacks.
Asked if I could view this evidence, Carter said it would require the approval of Chuck Rosenberg, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Rosenberg previously served as counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, who was the newly appointed FBI director on 9/11.
Chuck Rosenberg was appointed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in
March 2006 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District
of Virginia. He was subsequently nominated to that position by President
George Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate, unanimously, on
June 13, 2006.
As the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District, which includes offices in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond, Mr. Rosenberg supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes, and the litigation of all civil matters in which the federal government has an interest.
Mr. Rosenberg has spent most of his professional career in public service. From June 2005 until March 2006, he served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. Prior to that, he served in several senior posts at the Department of Justice where his work focused on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and national security matters, including as: Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, Counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft; and, before that, as Counsel to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III.
Before joining the FBI, Mr. Rosenberg was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk and, subsequently, in Alexandria. There he prosecuted financial fraud crimes, violent crimes, and espionage cases.
During the last two years of his tenure as a federal prosecutor in Alexandria,
Mr. Rosenberg supervised that office's Major Crimes Unit - the unit that
prosecuted numerous prominent spy cases. While in private practice with
the law firm of Hunton & Williams, Mr. Rosenberg served as an NBC legal
analyst, appearing frequently on television.