Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Eric Holder Transformation - "Change you can Believe in"

From Earth Rights International:
[Eric Holder Holder [was] the lead attorney [who defended] Chiquita Brands International against five lawsuits seeking redress for the banana company's abetting of murder and terrorism in financing Colombia's notorious paramilitary death squads, the United Self-Defense Committee (AUC). Chiquita has admitted funding the AUC for a period of at least seven years, from 1997 until 2004, which helped to enable the AUC to carry out hundreds or thousands of assassinations of banana union leaders, politicians, indigenous peoples' advocates, and other "undesirables" and to generally exercise control over Colombia's banana-growing region...

In defending Chiquita, Mr. Holder has written briefs questioning basic tenets of international human rights and anti-terrorism law... Mr. Holder argued that there is no 'rule of international law establishing civil liability for providing material support to terrorism,' which would exonerate those who finance terrorist organizations such as the AUC despite knowing that these groups have no legitimate activities and exist only to commit illegal acts of violence... [ed note: Fox News reported on this several months ago - Video]
But apparently, Colombian terrorists are no longer endeared by Mr. Holder.

From the UPI:
Luz Mery Gutierrez Vergara, 32, appeared in a federal court in Washington for her arraignment on charges she attempted to "procure weapons, ammunition, high technology devices, money, and other materials and supplies" to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, U.S. Justice Department [now headed by Attorney General Eric Holder] said in a news release...
And, from Attorney General Eric Holder's US Dept. of Justice website:
...a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted Gutierrez Vergara... on two counts: conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization and providing material support or resources to a terrorist organization.

The FARC, an armed and violent organization in Colombia, has been designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997...
[ed. note: There is a distinction between these two cases, but nevertheless, I think you catch my drift...]

Eric Holder in 2002 discussing the international rights of captured terrorists:

From AL.COM:
In 2002, a prominent Washington attorney and former Justice Department official gave CNN his views on the interrogation of captured terrorists.

"One of the things we clearly want to do with these prisoners is to have an ability to interrogate them and find out what their future plans might be, where other cells are located; under the Geneva Conventions that you are really limited in the amount of information that you can elicit from people," the attorney said. "It seems to me that given the way in which they have conducted themselves, however, that they are not, in fact, people entitled to the protection of the Geneva Conventions. They are not prisoners of war."

With these remarks, Eric Holder — yes, Eric Holder, President Obama's attorney general — outlined what amounts to a legal framework for the interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration to obtain information from captured terrorists.
Mr. Holder clearly spelled out his position, namely, that captured terrorists are not entitled to same protections as prisoners of war. However, it seems Mr. Holder has rehabilitated himself since then and now believes terrorists are indeed protected by international law. What's more, he also believes the US should work together with foreign governments to prosecute US officials who allegedly did not comply with international law when they permitted harsh interrogation techniques to be used against captured terrorists.
Speaking before it had been announced that a Spanish magistrate had opened an investigation of Bush officials on harsh interrogation methods, Holder didn't rule out cooperating in such a probe.

"Obviously, we would look at any request that would come from a court in any country and see how and whether we should comply with it," Holder said.

"This is an administration that is determined to conduct itself by the rule of law and to the extent that we receive lawful requests from an appropriately created court, we would obviously respond to it," he said. [ed. note: This is also an administration that is determined to work with foreign governments to conduct witch hunts against both former and current US government officials.]
Conclusion: A chameleon couldn't possibly change its colors as often as Holder changes his views!

Eric Holder, "change you can Believe in"!

Related post: Why does Eric Holder support Terrorists?

Also read what Joseph F. Connor had to say about Eric Holder, referring to him as "the man partly responsible for pardoning terrorists who proudly claimed responsibility" for his father’s murder. Click here for that story.

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