I have no personal axe to grind with Eric Holder, never personally met him or corresponded. But nevertheless, its time for Holder to leave his post as Attorney General and go back to private practice. In any other time, Holder would simply be a “run of the mill” AG. But this isn’t “any other time,” we face a serious, persistent threat from Islamist terrorists. During these times, it is difficult to imagine a worse AG than Eric Holder.
America is an a war against Islamic terrorists, and if there is anything we have learned about the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he does not understand terrorism nor is he a fierce protector of Americas freedoms.
To be honest there was some suspicion about Holder at the time of his nomination. Holder was involved in the Clinton’s decision to reduce the criminal sentences of 16 members of the terrorist group the Boricua Popular Army. In July 1999, Holder recommended clemency to Clinton with a report from then U.S. Pardons Attorney Roger Adams that neither supported nor opposed clemency. A month later, Clinton granted the clemency. According to The Hartford Courant, the clemency was opposed by the FBI, the federal prosecutor and the victims. According to the newspaper, it was also unusual because, before the commutations, the Boricua Popular Army members were not required to repudiate their actions, and they were not asked to provide any information concerning the whereabouts of Victor Manuel Gerena, a co-conspirator and one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
Since he took the Oath of Office, Holder maintained his Pro-Terror/Anti-Freedom Positions. Just look at the record:
- Immigration. How has Eric Holder been protecting our borders from illegal aliens coming into our country? Harassing Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe became famous for zealously enforcing the law especially against people who come into the US illegally. His reward came in March when he got a letter from the justice department informing that he was under investigation for “patterns” of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.
- It was Eric Holder who fought for, and won release of, the memos authorizing enhanced interrorgation techniques back in June, giving important data to our terrorist enemies.
- The New Black Panthers of Philadelphia tried to intimidate white voters from voting in the 2008 election. In January, the Justice Dept filed a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party. When the court date arrived In April, a federal judge had ordered default judgments against the Panthers after they refused to respond to the charges or appear in court, basically a guaranteed win. That’s when Eric Holder’s Justice Department decided to drop the case. Since then, the US Commission on Civil Rights, a federal agency, has been investigating the Justice Department trying to get to the bottom of why the charges were dropped. They even got a court ordering the Justice department to cooperate. But the Attorney General of the “most transparent administration in history” is not cooperating.
- In August, Attorney General Holder named Connecticut prosecutor John Durham to conduct an investigation into whether interrogations by CIA employees warrant a criminal inquiry. It has been shown repeatedly the past 25 years that an office of independent counsel or special prosecutor nearly always puts in motion an Inspector Javert-like hunt for an indictable defendant. Mr. Holder’s justification, that his own reading of the “available facts” gave him no choice, is close to a preordained conclusion that Mr. Durham will cite one of these CIA guys for criminal prosecution. Make no mistake about it, Mr. Holder’s announcement was the first time in American History, that a new administration has gone after the old and was nothing but politics. The consequences have been that the CIA was demoralized and our ability to protect ourselves against terrorism was damaged.
- Switching the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorists, from a military tribunal in Gitmo to a civilian trial in NYC. The most horrible effect of moving this trial to NY surrounds the rules of evidence. During the discovery process the defense can get hold of just about everything including….. How were they tracked and found? Which agents? What methods and equipment? Where was everything located? What methods were used to get information from the terrorists? what kind of enhanced interrogation techniques? Who interrogated the terrorists? Who approved the methods? Where were they held? And so much more.
This is going to be another OJ trial. As you may remember, after he murdered his wife and Ron Goldman, OJ was not put on trial, the LAPD especially Det. Mark Fuhrman was put on trail. The defense alleged that Fuhrman had planted the glove at Simpson’s house and that the analysis finding that the hair could be Brown’s could not be reliable. Defense attorney Johnny Cochran told the jury Fuhrman was like Adolf Hitler. Cochran called Fuhrman “a genocidal racist, a perjurer, America’s worst nightmare and the personification of evil.”
Sure, there is the possibility that a judge could throw out all of the evidence and they can be acquitted, but it is more likely that the heroes who are protecting this country will be dragged through the mud. And the best part about it for the President and Attorney General is the blame for crucifying our heroes, and releasing state secrets will be placed solely on the head of the Judge. Their hands remain clean. And don’t think for one moment they didn’t plan it that way.
- Arguably the move made by the Attorney General that put us in the most danger surrounded the Underwear Bomber on Christmas Day when it was decided that this terrorist would be treated like a civilian terrorist. Byron York put it this way:
So who decided to treat Abdulmutallab as a civilian, read him the Miranda warning, and provide him with a government-paid lawyer — giving him the right to remain silent and denying the United States potentially valuable intelligence that might have been gained by a military-style interrogation?
This week that simple question — Who? — became more complicated after several of the administration’s top anti-terrorism officials testified on Capitol Hill. The director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, said he wasn’t consulted before the decision was made. The director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, said he wasn’t consulted, either. The secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said she wasn’t consulted. And the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, said he wasn’t consulted.
“The decision was made by the agents on the ground,” Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, referring to the officials who apprehended Abdulmutallab when the plane landed in Detroit. American agents questioned the accused terrorist briefly before he was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns suffered in the attempt to set off explosives hidden in his underwear. After that, Mueller testified, “in consultation with the Department of Justice and others in the administration,” the agents read him his rights
It was the Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
“That is very troubling,” said Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), noting that Abdulmutallab invoked his right to legal counsel and stopped answering questions after he was read his Miranda rights. “We, by doing so, have lost an opportunity to secure additional intelligence from him, not only about his own training, but intelligence that possibly would allow us to uncover other plots that are emanating from Yemen.”
Maybe the Attorney General thought the bomber was a member of the Black Panthers and thought he should be let go, just like Holder allowed charges to be dropped on election day. Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, said Mr. Abdulmutallab the Underwear Bomber should have interrogated by the High Value Interrogation Group, which President Obama set up last year by after deciding to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“That unit was created exactly for this purpose — to make a decision on whether a certain person who’s detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means,” Blair told the Senate homeland security committee. “We did not invoke the HIG in this case; we should have.”
On Christmas day, Eric Holder put America in danger as he has done so many other times during the past year. An Attorney General is supposed to protect the people, clearly Eric Holder is not doing his job….He has got to go!