Saturday, January 23, 2010

The previous post on the NYEffin'PD now leads us to another matter

touching on law enforcement:
You may remember that more than two months ago, amid the controversy over the Obama administration's decision to grant full American constitutional rights to, and hold a civilian trial for, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder about Justice Department lawyers who before joining the Obama/Holder team had represented Guantanamo detainees or worked for groups representing them. Grassley pointed to one high-ranking Obama Justice official who formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver and another who works on detainee issues despite previous advocacy for detainees.
Now, two months have passed and the senators have heard nothing. "Sen. Grassley does not have an answer yet," says a Grassley spokesman. "The Justice Department says it's 'in process.'" The Justice Department did not respond to an inquiry about the matter Friday, and it is not clear when the Department will answer Grassley's questions
This is a serious damned question: any lawyer who worked for these people, and is now- supposedly- prosecuting them is in a serious pile of conflict of interest. To say the least. Holder playing "I don't have to tell you" is bullshit, and if he wasn't pushing an agenda he'd admit it's wrong(of course that assumes he cares about- or actually knows- the difference between 'right' and 'wrong').

Add to that
In the meantime, committee Republicans are starting to wait for Holder's response to another letter, sent yesterday, asking for an explanation of the decision to hold accused al Qaeda Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the civilian justice system instead of as an enemy combatant.
Nobody from Holder on down wants to admit having anything to do with this; at least one of them is lying. And we need to know who.

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