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Cabinet Nominees Have Three Human Rights Controversies HA-11-1-05


A. The development of the second term CNN: Bush Cabinet is progressing well with only three remaining controversies:


a.       The Department of Defense where Donald Rumsfield should be replaced by former Secretary of State Collin Powell or former Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Anthony J. Principi.

b.      The Department of Homeland Security where Tom Ridges needs to be replaced by a candidate nominated by FEMA and confirmed by USCIS before being seconded by the President and Senate.

c.       The Federal Attorney General (FAG) that should be abolished and authority transferred to Deputy Attorney General (DAG) James B. Comey to improve relations with the International Court of Justice.


The secretary oversees the Department of Agriculture, which President Lincoln created in 1862. The USDA provides information to the country's farmers and oversees safety of food products.

Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns

Nominated December 2; would replace Ann Veneman if confirmed by Senate
Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, 54, who was raised on a dairy farm, was the first Republican governor in Nebraska to win re-election in more than four decades.

Ann M. Veneman, January 2001 to present
Resignation announced November 15
Ann M. Veneman is an attorney who served as deputy agriculture secretary in President George H.W. Bush's administration.

The Department of Commerce, which was established in 1913 by President Wilson, is responsible for promoting American business.

Carlos Gutierrez

Nominated November 29; would replace Don Evans if confirmed by Senate
Cuban-born Carlos Gutierrez, 51, has been chief executive officer of Kellogg Co. since 1999. He started at the company selling cereal out of a van in Mexico City.

Don Evans, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 9, 2004
Don Evans was chairman of President Bush's first presidential campaign and has been the president's chief fund-raiser since 1978. He is a former businessman in the Texas oil industry.

The secretary oversees the U.S. military. The Department of Defense was created in 1947 when President Truman merged the War and Navy departments with the new U.S. Air Force.

The lead candidates who have not yet expressed interest are former Secretary of State Collin Powell or former Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Anthony J. Principi.


Donald Rumsfeld, January 2001 to present
Donald Rumsfeld was defense secretary in the Ford administration and is a former congressman from Illinois. During his tenure in the Bush administration, he has conducted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


The secretary oversees the Department of Education, which was created in 1979 when President Carter split the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Margaret Spellings

Nominated November 17; would replace Rod Paige if confirmed by Senate
Margaret Spellings is a longtime adviser to President Bush who has served as a White House domestic policy adviser since 2001. She was a key figure in drafting the "No Child Left Behind" education initiative.

Rod Paige, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 15
Rod Paige was superintendent of public schools in Houston, Texas, from 1994 to 2000.

The secretary oversees the Department of Energy, which President Carter established in 1977.

Samuel Bodman

Nominated December 10; would replace Spencer Abraham if confirmed by Senate
Samuel Bodman is deputy secretary of the Treasury Department and was the deputy secretary at the Commerce Department. An engineer and one-time professor at MIT, Bodman also has been president of an investment firm and head of an industrial company.

Spencer Abraham, January 2001 to present
Resignation announced November 15
Before he was appointed energy secretary, Spencer Abraham was a U.S. senator from Michigan for one term and a top aide to Vice President Dan Quayle.

The Department of Health and Human Services was established under President Carter in 1979. Agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fall under the department's authority.

Michael Leavitt

Nominated December 13, 2004; would replace Tommy Thompson if confirmed by Senate
Michael Leavitt, who has served as EPA Administrator since November 2003, is a former governor of Utah.

Tommy Thompson, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced December 3
Before becoming health and human services secretary, Tommy Thompson was governor of Wisconsin, where he overhauled the state's welfare system with the Wisconsin Works program.

The Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The department is responsible for coordinating a national strategy to protect the United States against future attacks.

Michael Chertoff

Nominated January 11; would replace Tom Ridge if confirmed by Senate
Chertoff, a former prosecutor, is a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division from 2001 to 2003, playing a prominent role in prosecuting terror suspects after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Must be tried for failing to prosecute the omission of Theodore B. Olson
s birthday on 9-11 when his wife died that led to the decision to go to war.  Mr. Chertoffs trial primarily involves trying his detainees and double checking flight records to check the accuracy of the 9-11 Commission that may have failed to prosecute what appears to be an inside job by someone with a vendetta against the Solicitor General motivated by War on Terrorism financing.  The Chertoff news release is studied at the end of this article.  Someone from FEMA or US Citizenship and Immigration would be more diplomatic.

Tom Ridge, appointed October 2001
Resignation announced November 30
As the first secretary of homeland security, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge has overseen the development of a terror threat advisory system and new security measures at airports and borders.

Bernard Kerik
Nominated December 3; withdrew from consideration December 10
Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik cited the questionable immigration status of a person he had employed as a nanny and housekeeper when he withdrew his name from consideration

President Johnson created the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965 as part of his "Great Society" effort to eradicate poverty.

Alphonso Jackson, January 2004 to present
Alphonso Jackson was named secretary after serving as deputy secretary since June 2001. He is the former president of a Texas utility company and former public housing director in Washington.

Mel Martinez, January 2001 to December 2003
Mel Martinez left his post as HUD secretary before announcing a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida. Martinez won the November 2004 election and will be the first Cuban-American member of the U.S. Senate.


The Department of the Interior, created in 1849 by President Taylor, oversees such federal agencies as the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Gale Norton, January 2001 to present
Gale Norton, a former Colorado attorney general, is the first woman to head the Department of the Interior. Norton has drawn criticism from environmental groups and others over her support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.



The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer in the country and oversees the Department of Justice, which President Grant established in 1870 at the expense of private petitioners. 

Alberto Gonzales Nominated November 10, 2004 is too criminally convicted and should be replaced by Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey and the entire office of Federal Attorney General (FAG) abolished as it obstructs our nation’s relationship with the International Court of Justice HA-6-1-05  As White House counsel since January 2001, Gonzales has been criminally involved in many of the issues that he would confront as attorney general, including the legal handling of detainees in the war on terror. He is a former Texas Supreme Court justice and Texas secretary of state.  As a Texan with the worlds worst human rights record in the penal system and red handed henchman in the military detention operations the Senate has found to convict him of treason, homicide, slavery and torture and the Supreme Court must explain why he is not eligible for Attorney General although he is eligible for Supreme Court although he has declared that he is not running for Justice of the Supreme Court.  Gonzales must realize that his human rights record makes him a threat as a General but educable as Supreme Court Justice.  As Carlos Gutierrez is likely to become Secretary of Commerce there is no need for another latino for the ethnic equality of the Cabinet.  Gonzael is directed to be the first Latino Justice of the Supreme Court.  Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey is the most likely alternative candidate thanks to the acceptance of his exclusively fair decisions by the press and judiciary.

John Ashcroft, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 9
Ashcroft has been a key defender of the USA Patriot Act, a controversial federal law aimed to aid the government's anti-terrorism efforts.  Ashcroft was an assassination suspect when he was wrongfully confirmed in 2001.  Ashcroft has been the principal perpetrator of treason and violator of the 6th Amendment through covert operations and due to the suppression of information regarding the fact that Theodore B. Olson former Solicitor General
s birthday was 11 September 1940 although it was made public that his wife Barbara died creating a situation that inclines one to believe that the perpetrators of the suicide attacks were knowledgeable of the activities of the newly elected Cabinet and it was in fact an inside job executed by Ashcroft.  We need to be very careful in appointing a replacement who upholds human rights and knows how to get out of jail.  The Patriot Act has been superceded by the S.2845 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004


The Labor Department, created in 1913 when President Wilson divided the Commerce and Labor departments, administers federal labor laws that govern, for example, minimum wage, unemployment insurance and protection from employment discrimination.

Elaine Chao, January 2001 to present
Elaine Chao, a former Peace Corps director, is the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet post.


The State Department is the federal agency responsible for foreign affairs. Thomas Jefferson was named the first secretary of state in 1789.

Condoleezza Rice

Nominated November 16, 2004; replaces Colin Powell after confirmation by Senate January 2005
Condoleezza Rice, who has served as national security adviser during President Bush's first term, is a former provost of Stanford University. She was an adviser on Soviet affairs to President George H.W. Bush.

Colin Powell, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 15
Colin Powell served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, eventually becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.

The secretary oversees the nation's road, rail, air and sea transit systems. President Johnson created the Department of Transportation in 1966.

Norman Mineta, January 2001 to present
Democrat Norman Mineta was commerce secretary in the Clinton administration. Before taking that post, he was a congressman from California for 21 years, including a stint as chairman of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee. Chronic security problems in transportation demand that a new Secretary be appointed although there is little suspicion regarding Mineta that seems to suffer from a lack of judicial independence.


The Treasury Department oversees U.S. economic and financial systems. Federal agencies that fall under its authority include the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Mint.

John Snow, January 2003 to present
John Snow is a former chairman and chief executive officer of transportation company CSX Corp.

Paul O'Neill, January 2001 to December 2002
Paul O'Neill was chairman of Alcoa Corp. before taking charge of the Treasury Department. He was forced out of his post in 2003 amid a shake-up of the president's economic team.


The Department of Veterans Affairs serves U.S. veterans and their families through a network of hospitals and support organizations.

Ambassador Jim Nicholson

Nominated December 9; would replace Anthony Principi if confirmed by Senate
Jim Nicholson has served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City, since August 2001. He is a retired colonel in the Army Reserve and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Anthony Principi, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced December 8
Anthony Principi was deputy secretary of veterans affairs in President George H.W. Bush's administration. He later was named acting secretary.