The American Civil Liberties Union asked new Attorney General Alberto R.
Gonzales yesterday to appoint a special counsel to investigate the
mistreatment of detainees in the war on terrorism, citing what it claimed
was Gonzales’s “unavoidable conflict of interest in fully investigating and
prosecuting wrongdoing by civilians in this matter.”

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a letter to Gonzales that
memos written or requested by him during his tenure as White House counsel
show that “top government officials considered and eventually ordered the
removal of protections against” abuse


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