Friday, January 22, 2010

Why is Eric Holder in charge of our war against terrorists?

More and more it seems that this administration's battle against terrorists is being run by Eric Holder. What has really solidified this conclusion is the question that went around this week as senators tried to find out who had authorized turning Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas undie bomber over to civilian authorities instead of over to intelligence officials. When the four top administration officials on national security and intelligence all told the Senate this week that none of them had been consulted in that decision, senators started pressing to find out who had made that decision. After stonewalling for a day, Robert Gibbs admitted that it was Eric Holder who made that decision.

Byron York summarizes other key decisions that Eric Holder has made regarding how to treat captured combatants.
It was Holder who made the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a criminal trial in New York. It is Holder who has expressed his desire to grant full American constitutional rights to foreign terrorists. It is Holder who is leading the administration's sputtering effort to move some Guantanamo inmates to the United States. And it is Holder who is apparently cutting other parts of the government out of crucial terrorism decisions like the treatment of Abdulmutallab.

"These days, all roads lead to the attorney general," says one well-placed Republican source in the Senate. "They seem to have aggregated quite a bit of power inside Main Justice." The problem is, the Holder Justice Department appears to be handling terrorism issues from a defense-attorney perspective, and doing so without the input of the government's other terrorism-fighting agencies.

That was the message of Wednesday's testimony from Blair, Leiter, Napolitano, and Mueller, all of whom were out of the loop on the Adbulmutallab decision. Their accounts left a number of Republican senators shaken; as the GOP lawmakers see it, the decision to read Abdulmutallab Miranda rights was a dreadful mistake, one that could have serious consequences down the line. There should be some accountability.
The Department of Justice is protesting that they got useful information from Abdulmutallab before Mirandizing him. Apparently, they don't think that there is any more information that the guy might have. Eric Holder should have to explain why he thinks that. And why there was no consultation with the heads of our intelligence before he made that decision.

9 comments:

tfhr said...

Why is Eric Holder in charge of our war against terrorists? Well, I'd say because his boss does not want that job.

davod said...

Eric Holder is in charge of the war against terorism because the war against terrorism is an expanding market for the legal profession. He needs soting to go back to when he leaves government.

Pat Patterson said...

There is actually someone in charge? From all the buck passing on display the other day I wouldn't have guessed there was such a person.

equitus said...

It should be a priority of the (R) opposition to get this guy fired. Couldn't happen soon enough.

Skay said...

Some of Eric Holder's former law partners are representing terrorists. Seems like he has a a real conflict of interest.

Rick said...

After ridding the justice department of such a goon, we could only hope that BO would replace him with someone who would reverse some of his more controversial decisions. Trying the voter-intimidating Panthers from Philadelphia comes to mind, among other things. Would that such a replacement would occur, but it might be too much for us to expect for such a liberal like BO.

2421Rich said...

Holder isn't worth a bucket of warm spit as A.G.. Responsibility ,though, lies with the man who appointed him and continues to support him. If 20 years with the Reverend Wright did not tell you who and what Obama is then you are just not teachable.

equitus said...

You're right, Rick... canning Holder would give Obama a chance to bring someone even worse in.

At least a second time, there'd be more scrutiny during the approval process.

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

Pretty good question. I have yet to find a plausible answer. Because he is knows nothing about what he is charged with and in the same vain is about as much good as tits on a boar hog and balls on a priest.