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Eric Holder on Homeland Security

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Upheld Bush administration's "extraordinary rendition"

In September 2010, the Obama Justice Department cited the so-called "state secret doctrine" in successfully getting a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit on "extraordinary rendition" (a phrase that really means we send suspected terrorists to other countries to get held and tortured). In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder was hell-bent on upholding the Bush administration's claim in two major cases involving illegal detention and torture.
Source: 63 Documents, by Gov. Jesse Ventura, p. 4 , Apr 4, 2011

No Geneva Convention for terrorist interrogations

It was hoped that Obama would reverse some of the more flagrant abuses of the Bush administration in dismantling the legal system, Eric Holder had a good reputation in the legal profession. However, he had explained on CNN that we cannot adhere to the Geneva Conventions in interrogation of those accused of terrorism--which seems to mean that torture of suspects is legitimate, in gross violation of the foundations of international humanitarian law, by which the US is theoretically bound.
Source: Hopes and Prospects, by Noam Chomsky, p.225 , Jun 1, 2010

Try 9/11's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in NYC court

No longer will terrorism be treated as a war. It will henceforth be only a crime. Nothing better epitomizes this change in federal attitudes than Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in a federal criminal court in New York City. While it now appears that Mohammed will not be tried in New York, the fact that Holder initially decided to have him tried there indicates how lightly he takes the need for security in the city most victimized on 9/11.

While the trial may not be in the Big Apple, it looks certain that it will be in a civilian civil court. That is clearly Obama's and Holder's preference. But how can federal prosecutors use much of the evidence they have against Mohammed? He was not read his rights. It's unlikely that confessions were obtained pursuant to the constraints imposed by the Fifth Amendment.

Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p.137-138 , Apr 13, 2010

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