Fights That Eric Holder Should Want

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Apparently the Justice Department found that Eric Holder ought to have disclosed to the Senate the fact that he signed onto an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2004 for the Jose Padilla case. As a result, Republican senators are up in arms, according to The New York Times. What did Holder advocate that was so offensive?

During his Senate confirmation hearings last year, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. failed to disclose that he had signed a brief urging the Supreme Court not to uphold President Bush’s claim that he could imprison an American citizen as an “enemy combatant,” the Justice Department acknowledged on Thursday.

In their inability to fire Holder — who has committed such flagrant acts of liberalism in office as ratifying military commissions — Republican senators are just throwing anything at the wall to see what sticks. But usually you want to do that to portray your opponent as a dangerous radical. Now they’re just highlighting the fact that Holder holds such fundamentally American values as the belief that American citizens have fundamental rights to their liberty. What a boogeyman!

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Holder — who has committed such flagrant acts of liberalism in office as ratifying military commissions…

To which one could easily append: failed to hold up our treaty obligations to try, or hand over for trial, accused torturers with “[n]o exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency [...] invoked as a justification of torture.”

And various and sundry war crimes, aggressive war, the multitude of Constitutional violations…

You'd think these guys would realize when someone is protecting the war criminals in their own party.


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