Archive for the ‘Eric Holder’ Category
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 5, 2013
In an interview on CNN, US Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that his office’s greatest fear of terrorism comes from “lone wolf” attacks similar to the recent shootings at the Washington Naval Yard and Los Angeles International Airport. Holder said: “I’m very concerned about individuals who get radicalized in a variety of ways, sometimes self-radicalized.”
Holder’s comments are curious on several fronts. First, they match up well with the political correctness on terrorism that has permeated our government ever since Barack Obama’s first election. Their narrative has been that there is more danger for the Country emanating from within, and often from the radical Right, and from radical Islam from abroad. If this was actually the case it raises interesting questions concerning the Obama Administration’s policies relating to terrorism:
- If most dangerous terrorists are lone wolfs emanating from within the United States, then why is Administration spending so much efforts on spying on foreign countries?
- Why is Administration conducting drone assassinations in foreign countries?
- Why hasn’t the Administration been able to thwart the lone wolf attacks given hundreds of billions being spent on anti-terrorism?
AG Holder’s logic is flawed.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 26, 2013
The scandals coming out of the Administration grow by the day. While the three basic scandals remain constant, Benghazigate, IRSgate and AP/Foxnewsgate, their cover-ups and related lies serve as amplifiers to the scandals.
Last week it was Atty. Gen. Eric Holder that got caught in the web. On May 15 Holder was being questioned by the House Judiciary Committee’s Hank Johnson, Democratic Congressman from Georgia. During Johnson’s questioning he asks Holder about prosecuting reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917. Holder’s response included: “You’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. A bit later in his testimony he continued: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for disclosure of material, this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, of would think would be wise policy.”
Holder’s comments are straightforward enough. However, they do not match reality. On Friday the Justice Department announced that the AG himself signed the search warrant for James Rosen’s emails under the Espionage Act, the law Nixon used to go after Daniel Ellsberg over the leak Pentagon Papers. In addition, the Justice Department claimed in an affidavit to the Court that Rosen was “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”
Below is a video clip of Holder’s question-and-answer session with Congressman Johnson. While the first five minutes of the exchange is entertaining given Johnson’s difficulty putting coherent thoughts together, the issue germane to this posting begins at about 4 minutes and 55 seconds into the video.
At the very least, Atty. Gen. Holder’s testimony shows incompetence, i.e. not knowing what documents he signs. More than likely, it is perjury. In either case President Obama should immediately fire the AG.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 10, 2012
Blog reader Jim sent this story in of Leftist more hypocrisy.
The setting is the NAACP convention being held in Houston, Texas. One of its early speakers, wise CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous who railed against the efforts by some states to require its voters to have photo ID’s stating “We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression with the high tide of registration and mobilization and motivation and protection“.
Another speaker at today’s convention was Attorney General Eric Holder who has not only come out publicly against voter ID laws (see video below), but is suing the state of Texas for its law claiming it is “discriminatory”. While Jealous and Holder attack states for attempting to require IDs for voting, the NAACP required photo IDs and more for anyone attending their convention with their press release stating: “All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.”
It is amazing is how Leftists can talk out of both sides of their mouth and still keep a straight face.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2012
This past week Atty. Gen. Eric Holder was voted to be in Contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious effort that had the US government supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels. The Attorney General also refused to turn over documents relating to a potential cover-up by the Administration of the poorly conceived Fast and Furious program.
While Congress’s contempt citation against Holder has some political motivation, that possibility does not remove from Congress the power given to it under the Constitution to keep the executive branch of the government in check. Fast and Furious was not only ill-conceived, but when the Congressional investigation started, the Justice Department also misled Congress and inappropriately withheld documents that the American people have a right to see.
The Left side of the aisle is showing political immaturity and obstructionism in response to Congress’s effort. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), joined by others including Nancy Pelosi, walked out on the contempt vote ignoring their responsibilities to cast dissenting votes. While such acts of immaturity have occurred on the Right in the past, this move by the CBC insinuates that the action against Eric Holder was somehow was race related. This is clearly fallacious.
The government in Washington that is supposed to be representing the People is dysfunctional. It is run by professional political elites on both the Right and the Left that often go to Washington to improve there will personal wealth and then to maintain power. It is telling that no political movement, either on the Right or the Left, addresses this tragedy that would require term limits to implement corrective action.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 20, 2012
In an incredible act of stupidity, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009 allowed over 2,000 weapons to be transported from the United States to drug cartels in Mexico. The purpose of this sting operation that is known as Fast and Furious was to determine who was receiving the weapons. Predictably some of these weapons were used in violent crimes including a 2010 shooting that resulted in the death of a US border agent.
Clearly Fast and Furious was a poorly thought out plan that played a part in the death of innocent people. For the past year and a half Congress has been probing Fast and Furious during which there had been indications of a cover-up in the Justice Department. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder has been withholding documents subpoenaed by Congress who is now considering issuing a contempt citation against the AG.
With that of the contempt citation imminent, President Obama today asserted executive privilege in an effort to hinder Congress’s probing of Fast and Furious. While the President has the Constitutional authority to claim the privilege, is timing is very suspect. If this privilege was to be claimed, it should have been used months ago. It is likely that Obama delayed it to further stall the Congressional probe until after the election. This is more evidence that Obama’s campaign pledge for change and transparency in Washington was fallacious.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 2, 2012
On June 1 this Blog posted Feds Attack Florida for Trying to Stop Noncitizens from Voting that reviewed the federal Department of Justice attempts to stop illegal aliens from illegally voting in Florida. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s excuse for this lame action was that Florida’s efforts were inherently racist since most of the illegal aliens were Hispanic and dark skinned. Progressive logic run amok!
Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell posted an article in Investors.com that was more direct on this issue. His article, Holder Shows Racial Bias In Enforcing Voter Rights, accuses Holder of racial bias stating the following:
“Attorney General Eric Holder recently told a group of black clergymen that the right to vote was being threatened by people who are seeking to block access to the ballot box by blacks and other minorities. This is truly world-class chutzpah, by an attorney general who stopped attorneys in his own Department of Justice from completing the prosecution of black thugs who stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia voting site to harass and intimidate white voters.
“What Attorney General Holder has been complaining loudly about, and launching federal lawsuits about, are states that require photo identification to vote. Holder calls this blocking minority “access” to the voting booths. Since millions of black Americans — like millions of white Americans — are confronted with demands for photo identification at airports, banks and innumerable other institutions, it is a little much to claim that requiring the same thing to vote is denying the right to vote. But Holder’s chutzpah is up to the task.”
“Holder’s pooh-poohing of voter fraud dangers, and hyping the “threat” of denying minorities “access” to the voting booth, are completely consistent with his drive to: 1) Maximize the number of votes by black Democrats. 2) Spread as much fear as possible among minorities that they are under siege and Democrats are their only protection and salvation.”
Sowell properly concludes that Holder’s actions are part of “a political protection racket, with payoffs in votes. Nor can Holder’s boss, Barack Obama, be unaware of voter fraud. After all, he comes from Chicago, where voting officials refuse to discriminate against dead people.”
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 7, 2012
Eric Holder recently gave a speech at the Northwestern University Law School that again shows Progressives do not mind using deadly force to enforce national interests as they perceive them. It has become clear that their problems with George W. Bush’s use of such force was based on the man dishing out the punishment, not on moral grounds.
The New York Times reported that Holder’s speech offered a justification for the Obama Administration’s killing of American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen via a Predator drone strike. Holder called al-Awlaki a terrorist that the United States could not capture and therefore had “the clear authority to defend the U.S. from lethal force.” He also added a few caveats for future assassinations including that targeted individuals would need to be located in a foreign country and be a leader of a terrorist organization planning to kill Americans. Then, in an attempt in to sanitize deadly force, Holder indicated that the killings must be done in compliance with the Geneva Convention. Yikes, that caveat certainly does not make the victims any less dead.
The negative response from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Obama Administration’s position was immediate. One director, Hina Shamsi, correctly said: “Few things are as dangerous to American liberty as the proposition that the government should be able to kill citizens anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a court, either before or after the fact.” A positive outcome of President Obama’s election has been to bring together to diverse groups: Libertarian Conservatives that include this Blog, and the heavily left-leaning ACLU.
It is ironic that radical Leftist Barack Obama, who ran for the presidency on a peace platform and against Bush’s anti-terror policies, not only ratcheted up the war in Afghanistan, but is using international assassinations as a central tool of his foreign policy. This same Administration that would take criminal action against CIA employees who used waterboarding prior to Obama’s election has no problem justifying the use of assassination against similar targets. This perverted logic is allowed to continue by a press that remains silent and the radical Left that treats Obama more like an emperor than a servant of the people.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 12, 2011
Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder announced a murder plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil. An incredible part of the announcement was the involvement of the Iranian government with Holder saying that the plot was “directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Quds Force” and that “high-up officials in those agencies, which is an integral part of the Iranian government, were responsible for this plot.”
The story gets more bizarre. The United States has claimed that the Iranians engaged an Iranian-American used-car salesman to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million. In addition, the Los Zetas cartel was to bomb Israeli and Saudi embassies. Finally, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was to funnel opium from the Middle East to Mexico
There have been concerns expressed by some that Attorney General Holder made this announce at this time to take the heat off of Congress’s investigation of his involvement with “Fast and Furious”. This was the lame plan implemented by US government that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels with American government approval. While this Blog would like to give the Attorney General the benefit of doubt, the fact that this serious accusation was made without strong retaliatory diplomatic steps also being announced is curious.
Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious makes it impossible for him to be an effective Attorney General. He should immediately resign or be removed from office.
As for Iran, should the US government be certain of the charges it levied against them, it should immediately expel all Iranian diplomats from the United States including those involved with the United Nations.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 3, 2011
Earlier this week Attorney General Eric Holder got defensive with the Justice Department’s decision last year to not prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling site during the 2008 elections. At a Congressional hearing, Representative John Culberson, Republican of-Texas, asked Holder about his lack of cooperation with the Civil rights Commission and read former Democratic activist Bartle Bull’s claim that the incident was the most serious act of voter intimidation he ever witnessed. It seems the question got to close to home with Holder responding:
- “Think about that. When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia – which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.” Mr. Holder, as U.S. Attorney general, you people should be Americans of all colors.
- “To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident wrong though it might be somehow is greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts.”
Culberson concluded that race infected the decision-making at the Justice Department to which Holder responded: “I would disagree very vehemently with the notion that there’s overwhelming evidence that that is in fact true.” Holder comments in the two bullets above belies his true intent.
Earlier in his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder infamously said: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” Mr. Holder proved by his inaction on the New Black Panther voter intimidation matter to exhibit cowardly behavior when it comes to race. He has also shown racist tendencies when it comes to skin color.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 3, 2010
You just have to love some good-old-fashion commonsense over Progressive dribble!
Posted in Eric Holder, Illegal Alliens, Illegal Immigrants | Tagged: Arizona, Eric Holdeer, Illegal Aliens, Illegal Immigrants, Progressives | Leave a Comment »