The Department of Justice has sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert asking why the association does not have a major-college football playoff and it wants to know if Emmert believes some aspects of the Bowl Championship Series system do not serve the interests of fans, schools and players.Holder is just curious. That's all.
Penn State law professor Stephen Ross, an antitrust expert who once worked for the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, called the letter "curious."It's just Holder figuring that he will use the power of the Justice Department's power to interfere in something simply because he's interested in it. Interfering in the NCAA, that's fun. Investigating Black Panther intimidation at the polls, not so much. Reading the actual law in Arizona which he worries might lead to racial profiling, not worth his time. But trying to try KSM in a civilian court, ah, that was worth pursuing to his utmost.
"It doesn't commit the Justice Department to anything," he said. "They haven't done any investigating, they just sent a letter."
Ross also found it "strange" for the department to make an inquiry public rather than send an investigator to talk to NCAA officials.
"They raise the question whether the BCS is operated not in a manner consistent with the principles of the antitrust law, as opposed to any suggestion in the letter that the BCS actually violates the antitrust law," Ross continued. "Then, (the letter) questions why doesn't the NCAA offer a particular product. Again, it's sort of a curious question. What is the antitrust conspiracy that would be illegal?"
And as we celebrate the CIA intelligence gatherers who finally had the pieces to put together to find bin Laden, let's remember that Eric Holder has been conducting a criminal investigation of CIA operatives into how they conducted interrogations of captured terrorists. As Daniel Henninger writes,
That's right, the Americans whose interrogation of al Qaeda operatives may have put in motion the death of this mass murderer may themselves face prosecution by the country they were trying to protect.President Obama can celebrate this victory and describe the "heroic" work of "our counterterrorism professionals," but he allows his Attorney General to continue an investigation of the very people who were working to get the same sort of information that led to Osama's death at the hands of US military.
It is time for the Holder CIA investigation to end. The death of bin Laden 10 years after 9/11 makes the Holder investigation of the CIA interrogators politically, emotionally and morally moot.
But it lives.