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Eric Holder - Mr. Due Process

Nearly a year ago, The New York Times published a piece they titled "A Move Back To Due Process" that led with this opening statement:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has served the cause of justice by reversing a noxious last-minute order by the Bush administration...

Granted, the cause there was immigration... nevertheless... I think you get The Gray Lady's drift...

Yesterday, Mr. Due Process had this to say:

Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive.

In testy exchanges with House Republicans, the attorney general compared terrorists to mass murderer Charles Manson and predicted that events would ensure "we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden" not to the al-Qaida leader as a captive.

Sigh.

What in hell is the point of trying terrorists in civil court when the man responsible for that decision is saying things like that?  If Osama Bin Laden is to be captured dead-or-dead... then why not let the military do its job and try these terrorists (or kill them outright) in the first place?

And where in hell are those who were so quick to charge Bush with every civil liberties breach? 

This whole thing has become a comedy...  actually, more like a tragedy.

We need grown-ups to lead us... not clowns... and Eric Holder is a clown.

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Comments (21)

I agree. That was a dumb-a... (Below threshold)
galoob:

I agree. That was a dumb-ass answer Holder gave. They didn't ask for a prediction, they asked for policy.

If Osama was captured by U.S. forces, this would put pressure on them to violate federal law by summarily executing him.

He's supposed to be upholding the rule of law, not trying to sound like some macho nitwit.

Ha, it took Eric Holder thi... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Ha, it took Eric Holder this long to come up with a retort to Lindsey Graham's question during Holder's confirmation hearings?

Why didn't he just say he just called the jerk store, and they were all out of Senators (Seinfeld reference)?

Also, didn't we already cat... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Also, didn't we already catch another world criminal in Iraq...who was then tried and executed....not gunned down by 'out of control' US military? Does the name Saddam Hussein ring any bells, Eric, you twit.

So, if Osama is still out t... (Below threshold)
Mike Giles:

So, if Osama is still out there somewhere - and not just a decaying film on the walls of some cave in Tora Bora - Holder has made him an instant martyr if American forces are unable to take him alive. Like the world is really going to believe he was killed in a shootout, as opposed to being summarily executed. Way to go Eric.

Elements of Comedy and Trag... (Below threshold)

Elements of Comedy and Tragedy like a good Greek Play. No one comes out alive and the seating is uncomfortable.

Holder is worse than a clow... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Holder is worse than a clown. Clowns are amusing and try to get you to laugh at them. Holder is laughing at us along with the enemies of this country. If the Republicans can keep from screwing up the opportunity to take control of Congress, I hope the demand for his resignation is at the top of their list after November.

"Attorney General Eric H... (Below threshold)
914:

"Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive."

"Let's deal with reality," Holder said. "The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom"

And what would be the point of reading miranda rights to a corpse? To ensure it knows it has the right to remain silent? Oh for cripes sake.

This isn't just Holder. He'... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

This isn't just Holder. He's doing and saying what Barry wants him to. Otherwise he wouldn't be saying this mealymouthed crap.

It's comedy to watch these idiots twist in the wind as they shuck and jive and spin, trying to explain Barry's policies. It's tragedy to think the harm it causes to how America is viewed by the rest of the world. The kids are in charge again.

Combine this remark with Ho... (Below threshold)

Combine this remark with Holder's guarantee that KSM would be found guilty in a civilian trial, and we probably have a pretty good picture of the real Obama/Democrat understanding of "justice."

I have to laugh when I think about all the civil libertarians and progressives who voted Democrat so that terrorists would be guaranteed "fair trials" in US civilian courts.

Eric Holder is now an oracl... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Eric Holder is now an oracle. He has taken to regularly predicting the future. I wonder if he could give me some good lottery numbers or stock tips.

Let's pretend a Bush AG sai... (Below threshold)

Let's pretend a Bush AG said that bin laden wouldn't be taken alive. The MSM would then be saying this was a backhanded admission that we'd already found and killed bin laden, that we had his body, and that it would be produced just before the next election as a re-election ploy.

Right?

Dammit Falze, ya beat me to... (Below threshold)
epador:

Dammit Falze, ya beat me to it!

Holder said. "The reality i... (Below threshold)
Brad:

Holder said. "The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom"

**Does that make Osama a "corpse man"?

**Honestly, I've never seen such idiocy in government before, and we all know how easy that is to find most of the time. But this is waaaay out there. This administration is really bizarre. Holder/Obama/Pelosi et al may actually be insane.

"This administration is ... (Below threshold)
914:

"This administration is really bizarre. Holder/Obama/Pelosi et al may actually be insane."

I think we can comfortably exchange "may" with are and drop the "be".

Every time these guys try t... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Every time these guys try to sound tough on terrorism they come out with something they would crucify the past admin for.

Why it almost sounds as if they don't really believe in anything they've whined incessantly about in the past. One might "unexpectedly" come to the conclusion that it was all for political gain.

I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

Though is defy's the odds, ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Though is defy's the odds, it seems as if everyone in this administration is incompetent.

"Eric Holder is a clown."</... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Eric Holder is a clown."

Yeah but if you're a convicted/fugitive felon, he can get you a presidential pardon at the drop of a hat.

We have an attorney general... (Below threshold)

We have an attorney general who defends a stupid decision to Mirandize terrorists by arguing that the terrorists we Mirandize will already be dead.

Apparently Biden's Disease is contagious and now Holder's got it.

You mean Evil Clowns-muhah... (Below threshold)
G.:
"we will be reading Mira... (Below threshold)
914:

"we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden" not to the al-Qaida leader as a captive"

Tax fraud Eric and tax thief Barry can Mirandize Dirty Harry anytime now..

Calling Holder a clown real... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Calling Holder a clown really is an insult to clowns.




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