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Doctors protest over Bush's nomination for top legal post

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:60
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

More than 130 American doctors have signed an open letter to the US Senate expressing their concern over President Bush's nomination of White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to replace the outgoing John Ashcroft as US attorney general.

“Mr Gonzales has taken positions that contravene the United States' historical commitment to domestic and international law prohibiting torture,” argued the doctors, all of whom are members of the Physicians for Human Rights' Asylum Network. “There is reason to believe that these positions … have led to the torture and ill treatment of many individuals held in US custody.”

The letter urges the Senate's Judiciary Committee to “scrutinise closely” the record of Judge Gonzales during his upcoming confirmation hearings. “There should be no place in the US government for …

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