[JURIST] Addressing US Department of Justice [official website] employees the day after being confirmed as US Attorney General [JURIST report], Alberto Gonzales [White House biography; JURIST Newsmaker news archive] said that the Justice Department's top priority will be "to protect this country against future acts of terrorism … in a way that is always consistent with our values and consistent with our legal obligations." During Gonzales' confirmation hearings, the new Attorney General was criticized for his role in crafting the Bush administration's expanded definition of torture. AP has more. C-SPAN has recorded video of Gonzales' speech and the DOJ provides his prepared remarks [text].
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