Thursday, November 19, 2009

What a COMPETENT Attorney General looks like.

From The Heritage Foundation:

A Historically Bad Decision

Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other terrorists would be tried in a civilian court in New York City rather than before a military tribunal. Pressing Holder on this decision at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked: “Can you give me a case in United States history where a (sic) enemy combatant caught on a battlefield was tried in civilian court?”

Holder responded: “I don’t know. I’d have to look at that. I think that, you know, the determination I’ve made…” At which point Graham interjected: “We’re making history here, Mr. Attorney General. I’ll answer it for you. The answer is no.” Holder’s decision does make history. And not in a good way. Edwin Meese III, the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation as well as the United States Attorney General between 1985 and 1988 released the following statement yesterday on Holder’s unprecedented decision:

"It is clear that foreign terrorists and terrorist groups have committed acts of war against the United States, and that our national security requires that we respond accordingly. This means that President Bush’s prudent actions and the military response which he led should continue as our answer to these attacks.

Congress overwhelmingly reaffirmed their commitment to military commissions in 2006, which have historically been the way that we respond to acts of war. To abandon our two centuries of tradition and to substitute some new civilian procedure as a response to such attacks endangers the security of our country and our national interest.

It was a tragic mistake to decide to abandon the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, which was designed physically and legally to handle these types of cases. It is a further tragic mistake to now bring the detained war combatants into the United States and to employ civilian criminal procedures which were never intended for this type of situation.

The U.S. Constitution protects American citizens and visitors from the moment they are suspected of criminal wrongdoing through a potential trial. These same protections are not, have never, and should not be granted to enemy combatants in war, since it is clear that regardless of the outcome of the trial, these detainees will likely remain in the custody of the United States."

Senator Graham went on to ask Holder, "If we were to capture Osama Bin Laden today, would we read him his rights and give him the same protections as US citizens are entitled to?" Holder couldn't answer the question. This man is totally incompetent and is listening to the far left. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!


twest said...

This WHOLE administration is incredibly incompetent - no matter what department. This is one more aspect of the pursuit of political ideology over everything - including common sense. The fact that the trials will be held in NYC is not of any consequence as the fact they'll be in civilian court with evidence disclosure. OBL took advantage of that info with the trials in the 90's under the Clinton admin in civilian court (Holder was vice AttyGen). See where that got us. The security issue is not of the trials but of the future - these people are not going to let up. Showing the world how politically correct we are and the wonders of our judicial system is going to get us whacked. Wake up America...

Brodad Unkabuddy said...

Very well put, Ted. I'm beginning to believe they are INTENTIONALLY trying to put this country in such dire straits we'll have no choice but to turn to the government for help (control).

Mike West said...

I think people are beginning to see through these traitors. I just pray we can vote them out before it's too late.