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Eric Holder (b. 1951) is the Attorney General for the United States of America. His parents immigrated to America from Barbados. He earned his degree in History in 1973, and his Juris Doctor in 1976, both from Columbia University in New York City. He was appointed to the Superior Court of Washington, D.C., in 1988 by then President Ronald Wilson Reagan. President Barack Hussein Obama named Eric Holder to the office of Attorney General early in 2009. His appointment caused great consternation among Guns-Rights advocates, as in 2008 Eric Holder had joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court (D.C. vs. Heller) about which he wrote that the Second Amendment did not protect the right-to-bear-arms for individuals.
ERIC HOLDER PROSECUTES THE CIA
Eric Holder reopened 20 five-year-old cases involving CIA interrogations of terrorists, which had already been reviewed by professional, non-partisan, federal prosecutors who found no evidence of criminal conduct or intent. These cases are not about torture, but about threatening detainees.
Seven former CIA Directors signed a joint statement asking President Obama to stop this investigation for national security reasons but he said, “No. Nobody’s above the law.” The former Directors stated, “This creates an atmosphere of continuous jeopardy.” New York Congressman Peter King was more colorful in his reaction: “It’s bullshit. It’s disgraceful. It’s a declaration of war against the CIA. It’s a total breach of faith. You will have thousands of lives lost and the blood will be on Eric Holder’s hands. This goes to the heart of national defense.”
Morale at the CIA has plunged. Why would any bright and talented young professional choose the CIA as a career when the Attorney General is working to expose and undermine its current agents?
BLACK PANTHERS INTIMIDATE VOTERS
ERIC HOLDER DROPS CHARGES AGAINST BLACK PANTHERS
Eric Holder dropped the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, called the case "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen." On Election Day 2008, Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb, brandishing nightsticks, at the entrance to a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. One of them yelled at voters, "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"
In January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, for violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with weapons, uniforms, and racial slurs. Prosecutors said the New Black Panther Party “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”
In March, Mr. Bull submitted an affidavit at the request of the Justice Department to support its lawsuit. When none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, it appeared almost certain Justice would have prevailed by default. Instead, the department, in May, suddenly allowed the party and defendants to walk away. Black Panther Party Chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz, said on Fox News just after the election that his activities at the polling station were part of a nationwide effort.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sent a letter to the Justice Department demanding an answer as to why Eric Holder stopped the investigation. "We believe the Department's defense of its actions thus far undermines respect for rule of law," its letter stated. Also noted was "the peculiar logic" of one Justice argument, that the defendants' failure to show up in court was a reason for dismissing the case: "Such an argument sends a perverse message to wrongdoers—that attempts at voter suppression will be tolerated so long as the persons who engage in them are careful not to appear in court to answer the government's complaint."
ERIC HOLDER DECLINES TO PROSECUTE ACORN
Eric Holder declined to prosecute his friends at ACORN for racketeering after videotapes surfaced showing them breaking numerous federal laws in seven states---precisely the purpose of federal racketeering laws. The House of Representatives Reform and Oversight Committee had presented Eric Holder with 88 pages of violations by ACORN, including at least 100,000 fraudulent voter registrations. ACORN is also the organization that President Obama wanted to conduct our national census that is used to appropriate federal funds and voting districts. Holder commented, “The nation must be convinced that it is a progressive future that holds the greatest promise for equality.” Holder later told the American Constitution Society “Conservatives have been defenders of the status quo, afraid of the future, and content to allow continuing to exist all but the most blatant inequalities.” They have made a mockery of the rule of law. Conservatives are breathtaking in their arrogance.”
ERIC HOLDER: CHRISTMAS DAY BOMBER IS COMMON CRIMINAL
Eric Holder decided that the “Christmas Day Bomber,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a common criminal, not an international terrorist; forcing investigators to read him his Miranda rights and to cease questioning him 50 minutes after his arrest. Abdulmutallab was trained, equipped, and dispatched by the Al Qaeda in Yemen to kill 278 Americans on board the Northwest Airlines flight. By treating him as a civilian, giving him the right to remain silent, providing him with a government paid lawyer, the opportunity was lost to interrogate him military style and to possibly gain information about those who want to murder innocent Americans. Holder never bothered to consult with the Directors of National Intelligence, Homeland Security, or the FBI. Holder believes that foreign terrorists should be granted full American Constitutional rights.
SENATOR GRAHAM QUESTIONS ERIC HOLDER
ERIC HOLDER DECIDES TO TRY TERRORISTS IN NEW YORK CITY
Eric Holder decided to try admitted Al Qaeda terrorist Khalid Sheik Muhammad in a civilian court in New York City for masterminding the attacks on America known as 9-11. This week, two groups of United States Senators, both Republicans and Democrats, have protested this decision, and have urged Eric Holder to try the conspirators in a military tribunal. They warned that a federal trial could compromise classified evidence and serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists. "The attacks of 9/11 were acts of war, and those who planned and carried out those attacks are war criminals," they wrote, expressing concern about the administration's use of the criminal justice system for "enemy combatants." Virginia Congressman, Frank Wolf added, “The cost of moving a handful of people and trying them and keeping them in New York City until the appeals are out could cost up to a billion and perhaps even over a billion dollars.”
According to British magazine The Guardian “Such a high profile case, so close to the emblematic epicentre of 9/11, will not only involve major security issues but will also have to consider how to deal with what is likely to be an extremely large body of classified evidence that the prosecution will want to present. ‘KSM’, as he has come to be known, and his four co-defendants describe themselves as 'terrorists to the bone' in a filing before a military commission at Guantánamo in March and have referred to their alleged involvement as a ‘badge of honour’.”
The Associated Press reported: “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed portrayed himself as Al Qaeda's most ambitious operational planner in a confession to a U.S. military tribunal that said he planned and supported 31 terrorist attacks, topped by Sept. 11, that killed thousands of innocent victims since the early 1990s. Mohammed made clear that Al Qaeda wanted to down a second trans-Atlantic aircraft during would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid's operation, and he confessed to the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a section of the statement that was excised from the public document.”
The 1950 Supreme Court decision ruling in Johnson vs. Eisentrager holds that enemy aliens who have not entered the United States are not entitled to access to our courts. Accordingly, so long as the Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are held at Guantanamo Bay, they are not deemed to have entered the United States.
In exchange for a marginal world-opinion public relations advantage, America will be subjected to the airing of intelligence sources and methods, to the posturing of mass murderers fully aware of their terrorist star power, to the possibility of mistrial and procedural acquittal, and to an increased threat of revenge attacks against New York City. Issues likely to be raised by the defense include finding a jury that can be considered impartial, especially blocks from the World Trade Center site, and whether Mohammed's rights to a speedy trial have already been violated. “These terrorists planned and executed the mass murder of thousands of innocent Americans," Senator John Cornyn of Texas said Friday. "Treating them like common criminals is unconscionable."
It should be noted that Eric Holder is a partner of the law firm Covington & Burling, which represents 18 Gitmo detainees, and one of his partners there, Mark Falkoff, has compared the Gitmo detainees to the Jews held in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Two former anti-Gitmo lawyers from the firm have been hired by Eric Holder, and they now garner salaries in the Department of Justice.
The Senate Judiciary Committee met to question Attorney General Eric Holder about his decision. The Democrat members asked zero questions about the decision. The Republican members asked Mr. Holder thoughtful questions. Some examples: “How can we be assured that these enemies will be found guilty? Given that criminal courts are now the presumed venue for those captured on the battlefield, will soldiers need to read them their rights at the time of capture? Since you wish to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis to the presumed civil venue, don't all those captured need to be read their rights and have the opportunity to remain silent? Won't this venue expose intelligence to our enemies? Can our classified information really be secured? Can we in fact predict how the judge will rule? If these people are brought into the country will they get additional rights under immigration law? What if they claim asylum?” The attorney general seemed bewildered in the face of these inquiries. Recurring themes in his responses included "I think," and "I can't imagine," and "I am not an expert in immigration." Over 100,000 people signed a letter in opposition to this decision.
Wartime American presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt understood that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Enemy combatants have consistently been judged by a different and harsher legal standard than have American citizens. Whatever his initial assurances, Holder does not believe America is at war with terrorists. Even worse, he seems determined to undermine those who believe just that.
I hear a lot of blather about the Geneva Conventions in regard to the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. It appears that President Obama and Attorney General Holder believe that the prisoners held there are being denied their rights. This makes me wonder if either of them has read the Geneva Conventions.
The prisoner-of-war rules only apply to enemy combatants who wear an identifying uniform; carry their weapons openly; and do not target civilians. The terrorists at Guantanamo meet none of these requirements. In fact, it is a key component of their basic strategy not to comply with these requirements.
All that is required of the United States is that they be treated humanely, and that they have been is beyond question. They have been treated better than the criminals in our own state prisons. Besides all that, the Geneva Convention only applies to a conflict between two parties who have both signed the thing. Al Qaeda decidedly has not.