DIAZ: The Worst Part is it All Could Have Been Prevented
United States Attorney General Eric Holder's deliberate incompetence might be getting enough attention in the press so that we might be able to finally see him leave office before more people get hurt. Knock on wood. But the worst part about it is that this could have all been prevented. He should have been gone long ago. Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation's largest public policy women's organization, has been calling for the Attorney General's resignation since March 2010. Back then, in an article called "Holder Holding By a Thread," we wrote, "For our country's sake, it's time to cut the thread holding Holder at DOJ." Our press release declared, "Women Do Not Feel Safe With Holder at the Helm."
The reason was that it was clear from the beginning that Holder was a political operative interested in promoting a radical leftist agenda to undo all the "damage" the Obama Administration thought the Bush Administration had done. There was never any interest in law or justice. And nothing has changed. All we are seeing are the fruits of the seed Obama planted by appointing him to the Attorney General position.
All this "I don't know" business is the same old tactics we have seen throughout his career at Department of Justice (DOJ). At his confirmation hearings Holder "forgot" to disclose several crucial documents, including a Supreme Court brief where Holder opposed the detention of dirty bomb terrorist Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant. That was a big omission, given Holder's extremist views of who should be treated as a terrorist and who should be treated as a common criminal. At one hearing, he could not even bring himself to say that if we ever captured Osama bin Laden there would be no reason to read him Miranda rights. "You are talking about a hypothetical …" he cried.
Not surprisingly, as Attorney General, Holder has done everything he can to treat terrorists as common criminals, no matter what. Who can forget his stubborn insistence on trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other terrorists involved in the 9-11 plot in a civilian court in New York City. And more recently the outrageous decision to Mirandize Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bomber terrorist, in a rush, against the wishes of investigators who wanted to question him to discover his terrorist ties.
Holder didn't know what was happening on the whole "Fast and Furious" scandal. In his testimony to Congress on May 3, 2011, Holder said he had only "just recently" heard about the program, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
Sounds a lot like the exchange between Holder and Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) at the recent Congressional hearing on the Associated Press scandal (where Holder conveniently recused himself from the illegal probe into the organization's phone records).
BACHUS: Let me ask you this, on what date did you recuse yourself?
HOLDER: I'm not sure; I think it was towards the beginning of the matter. I don't know exactly when but it was towards the beginning of the matter.
"Just recently," "Towards the beginning of the matter," you know, this stuff is not that important. Bachus asked him if there was something in writing but Holder couldn't remember; sometimes he just calls his deputy and tells him, you know. Bachus pressed him, "Isn't that sort of an unacceptable procedure, because the statute says that the attorney general shall approve the subpoena, shouldn't there be some memorandum?" But Holder expressed little concern about it, you know, "towards the beginning," is enough, no need to put that in writing. No big deal.
Don't get me wrong, Holder has been zealous in other matters. Take for example making sure the Black Panthers case did not go forward and making sure the federal government does not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Or making sure DOJ increased the prosecutions of pro-life Americans protesting in front of abortion clinics. You know, the important stuff. Guns to Mexico or an assault on the freedom of the press are just not as high on his radar.
This is not just incompetence, folks. These are the deliberate actions of a political operative in one of the most important roles in our federal government. Let's hope this latest scandal is finally the end of Eric Holder's reign at DOJ, and we can get someone whose interest in justice and law are not subservient to their political agenda.
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