Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eric Holder is a dangerous prevaricator, he should be fired!

From the AP:
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in the civilian system with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government.

In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general wrote that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally...

"No agency supported the use of law of war detention for Abdulmutallab, and no agency has since advised the Department of Justice that an alternative course of action should have been, or should now be, pursued," the attorney general wrote.
The decision to treat Mr. Abdulmutallab as a criminal defendant was made "with the knowledge of, and with no objection from, all other relevant departments of government," Holder asserted.

However, at a Senate Judiciary hearing last month, when Sen. Susan Collins asked the head of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and the National Security Director if they had been consulted about the decision to file criminal charges against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a civilian court, they all replied that they had not been consulted. Senator John McCain later asked them if they agree with the decision. All three replied 'no comment'.

Video of Susan Collins questioning the Intelligence heads:

Clearly, Mr. Holder's assertion that "the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community" about the decision to try Abdulmutallab in a civilian court [and that the decision was made "with the knowledge of, and with no objection from, all other relevant departments of government,"] seems to contradict what Intelligence heads told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. If Holder did indeed inform them of the move, it was not until after he had already made the decision. Additionally, his contention that "no agency" supports "the use of law of war detention for Abdulmutallab", is highly suspect in light of what the intelligence heads told Sen. McCain at the hearing ["No comment"].

The Attorney General issued his statement in a letter - and not in a court of law - thus he can not be charged with perjury. However, I do believe that Mr. Holder should be censured and ultimately fired for his blatant prevarication and twisting of the facts. America can ill-afford to have an Attorney General, who skirts around the truth. The lives of thousands of American citizens are hanging on the balance of his bumbling, irresponsible, unilateral decisions - and his evasion of the truth. Mr. Holder must be relieved of his duties, immediately!

Update - 2/4/10: Sessions: Holder's statement contradicts testimony of Blair, Napolitano and Leiter