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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Friday January 7 2005 NCW MEXICAN A3 Gonzales defends terrorsuspect advice vows to pfosecute abusers tirtn hir flstnralaG cairl ao nit n M V TlHi Associated Pros WASHINGTON Attor ney Generalnominee Alberto Gonzales under scorching criticism from senators con demned torture as an inter rogation tactic Thursday and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects He also disclosed the White House was looking at trying to change the Geneva Conventions that pro tect prisoner rights Pressed at his confirma Father son sidebyside in same unit The Associated Press SILVER LAKE Kan During his 2003 tour in Iraq Maj Christopher Phelps sent home a picture from Bagh dad showing him standing in front of build ing and holding a handmade sign that said Dad wish you were The Marine Corps is about to oblige Both 34yearold Phelps and his 57yearold father Ken dall Phelps have orders to report to Camp Lejeune for training then deploy to Iraq for a sevenmonth tour Theyll serve in the same helping Iraqi officials rebuild their nation Both men will leave fami lies behind Kendall Phelps in Silver Lake a small town northwest of Topeka and Christopher Phelps in Shawnee a Kansas City sub urb Asked about each others safety both said they trust their fellow Marines In the Marine Corps every Marine watches every Marine whether its your father a son whether its a brother whether its just a Kendall Phelps said The Marines dont keep records on how many fathers and sons serve in the same unit but its rare said Capt Jeff Landis a spokesman for the Corps in Qiiantico Va As pert of 200mem ber 5th Civil Affairs Group the Phelpses will help Iraqi officials restart school systems reestablish local governments train police and make repairs to the coun trys infrastructure said unit commander Col Steve McKin ley That job cant be done until an area is secure he said Ive got the Phelps fam ily counting on me to bring everybody back McKinley said Christopher Phelps has four sons aged 18 months to 6 years The youngest Taigan was born shortly after his fathers return from his first tour in Iraq Kendall Phelps a retired master gunnery sergeant has two daughters and three sons including Christopher ages 19 to 34 Josh 21 is living at home while he attends Washburn University in Topeka and said he has mixed feelings about his fathers departure Its good for my dad I think because he loved the Marine Corps so Josh Phelps said But its also kind of Kendall Phelps joined the Marines straight out of high school in Rock Island with six of his buddies He served 13 months in Vietnam and remembers fac ing mortar fire on his first day He left active duty in 1968 but later joined the reserves hitting 30 years total service in 1999 when retirement was required Kendall Phelps also became a teacher spending most of his career in Silver Lake where his home is across from the high school His decision after Sept 11 2001 to put his name on a list of retirees who wanted to return to active duty didnt surprise Principal Larry Winter He lives and breathes Winter said of Phelps feel ings for the Corps Christopher Phelps said Its pretty hard to argue with that with a guy who wants to stand up and make a differ ence In a tot of ways I felt the same tion hearing by senators from both parties the White House counsel defended his advice to President Bush that the treatys protections did hot extend to alQaida and other suspectedterrorists Torture and abuse will not be tolerated by this adminis Gonzales told mem bers of the Senate Judiciary Committee I will ensure the Department of Justice aggressively pursues those responsible for such abhor rent Gonzales said as attorney general he would abide by the 1949 Geneva treaty But he also said the White House was looking at the possibility of seeking revisions to the conventions Now Im not suggesting that the principles the basic treatment of human beings should be Gon zales said But there has been some very preliminary discussion Is this something that we ought to look at He said the discussions have not gone far Its not been a systematic project or effort to look at this Gon zales said But some people I deal with the lawyers indi cate maybe this is something we should look Sen Charles Schumer later urged Bush to consult Congress and he requested a congressional hearing My concern is not that these dis cussions are taking place but that they are taking place in secret behind closed doors with no outside Schumer wrote the Democrats and Republi cans at times criticized the Bush administrations policies on aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects Gonzales is expected to be confirmed when Congress returns after Bushs inaugu ration on Jan 20 He would be the nations first Hispanic attorney general and would replace John Ashcroft Democrats said it was Gonzales January 2002 memo that led to the abuse of suspected terrorists He had argued in his memo that the fight against 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