July 28, 2009
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is now a member of the Texas Tech University faculty - and he says he intends to look forward, not at his past.
That's fine, except that he is a member of the Tech faculty precisely because of his past, and a controversial past it is.
Gonzales, though, can bring much to the table as a lecturer at the Lubbock campus. And Tech Chancellor Kent Hance shouldn't apologize for bringing such a hot-button faculty member to Texas Tech.
Gonzales served as AG during some of the most tumultuous times of the Bush administration. He was at the center of a firestorm over decisions dealing with national security in a time of war. Gonzales' fiercest critics have accused him of breaking the law, perhaps even committing treason, over decisions regarding the government's efforts to prevent terrorists from doing more harm.