26 November 2008

America's First Pro-Terrorist Attorney General?

I can't say that I disagree with Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Given the ship of fools that Barack Obama was considering for the position, she seems the most capable of swimming should the ship sink.

And I like the idea of Obama keeping Robert Gates on board, even if it is an interim position, as the Defense Secretary. It's a dangerous world out there and it would be nice to have somebody who has actually had some experience fighting terrorism on Obama's team giving advice on how to dust thugs, even if he's only an interim thug duster.

But what in the name of Lionel Hutz is Obama thinking to foist Eric Holder on America as the Attorney General? This is the legal beagle "who played a major role" in the despicable pardon of ga-zillionaire fugitive (and Clinton financial supporter)Marc Rich, breaking a 200 year tradition of not pardoning fugitives who had never come to trial . . . but then, the Clinton administration also broke the 200+ year tradition of Presidents not having credible charges of rape against them, so maybe this is small potatoes.

But that wasn't the end of the pardon participation of Eric Holder. As Bill Clinton's deputy attorney he also played a role in the pardon of 16 murderous FALN terrorists and later, during the investigation of this particularly pardon (which included a bitch-slap from Orrin Hatch), attempted to defend the president's decision to pardon without any additional investigation of the clemency or conversation with the terrorist victims. And I suppose it goes without saying that Holder's team didn't attempt to get any information concerning deadly at large members of FALN, one of whom was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List at the time. That might have been intrusive to the terrorists.

And FALN members weren't the only terrorist on the Clinton pardon list that Holder sanctioned. There were also two Weather Underground terrorists, whose lengthy terrorism sentences were commuted. Wait, the Weather Underground? Didn't Obama have some connection to them as well? Anyway, given the FALN and Weather Underground pardons could it be that America will have its first pro-terrorist attorney general? Now that would be a CHANGE.

Of course, my favorite charming chapter from the tome of Eric Holder is that whole seizure of Elian Gonzalez dealio. You remember that debacle: the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that once INS chooses the guardian, and an application for asylum has been made by that guardian, the INS cannot choose a different guardian. But that is exactly what they did. And then Clinton's legal team (including Holder) ignored the ruling and ordered the boy seized without a court order.

Shortly after the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, Holder gave an interesting interview with Andrew Napolitano of Fox News:

Napolitano: When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order of a judge. Unprecedented in American history.

Holder: He was not taken at the point of a gun.

Oops. I guess Mr. Holder forgot that Alan Diaz snapped this shot that would snag a Pulitzer


But back to the interview . . .

Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy?

Holder: Because we didn't need a court order. INS can do this on its own.

Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.

Holder: We didn't need an order.

Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didn't need one?

Holder: [Silence]

Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it.

Clearing fugitives from justice. Freeing convicted terrorists. Seizing children at gunpoint without a court order. This is our new Attorney General? CHANGE?

4 comments :

  1. Mustang said...

    There is no shortage of idiots, KE. Hoosier Army Mom put up a good post; apparently, few people are even listening to voices of reason. American voters have done their job, now they've gone back to sleep.

  2. Donald Douglas said...

    Holder will be a disaster, but I'm not worrying about politics right now.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Christopher Hamilton said...

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thank you for stopping by the blog!

    Christopher Hamilton
    The Right Opinion, for the Right Wing

  4. Khaki Elephant said...

    Mustang, you're right. And thanks for the link: that was some good stuff.

    Donald, good point . . . and let's keep those good thoughts going through the weekend.

    Chrisopher, thanks. And keep up the great work over there.