Questions raised about Holder appointees who defended GItmo prisoners
It is well-documented that Eric Holder has a troubling conflict of interest as long as he is attorney general of the United States of America and head of the U.S. Justice Department. Holder is partner in a law firm, Covington & Burling, which has been representing 18 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Many of the clients are Yemeni nationals, countrymen of the very terrorists who just planned the Christmas day bombing attack on U.S. plane.
Today, the New York Post, in an editorial titled, "Come Clean Mr. Holder," reports that a Holder has just hired two more employees in the Justice Department who have direct ties to terrorists and loony-goony radical groups.
New York Post editorial:
It's just insane that a lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden's driver and bodyguard -- and who sought constitutional rights for terrorists -- could be one of the Obama administration's top legal officials.
But there's Neal Katyal, occupying a top perch at the Justice Department as the principal deputy solicitor general.
Then there's Jennifer Daskal -- who just months ago was an anti-Guantanamo activist. Now she's in Justice's National Security Division -- working on detainee issues.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and the Senate Judiciary Committee have apparently been demanding answers for months from Holder's Department of Justice, to such questions as:
--Why was the Christmas Day bomber questioned for only 50 minutes before being granted American civilian rights, after which the suspect got a lawyer and immediately stopped talking about his terrorism training and future attacks?
--Why are detainees who have confessed to their crimes at Guantanamo being granted trials in U.S. courts?
--Who in the Department of Justice might have "conflicts" of interest with known terrorist organizations or individuals?
Grassley's office has told the Post that it has received no answer from the attorney general's office. The Post says Holder's office says it will answer, "very soon." Even the liberal New York post editors say Holder's loyalty to the U.S. is suspect and he needs to explain himself immediately..
Last week, Israel National News reported that two Muslim professors who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group are now being allowed to resume teaching at universities in the United States after years of being "banned" by the Bush administration.
The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe's Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement's founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri's Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, is also parting ways with the attorney general's terrorist-friendly policies. Bloomberg was originally in FAVOR of holding the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Manhattan. In the light of the potential $200 million cost of providing security and the strong criticism from 9/11 families and most of the rest of America, Bloomberg told the New York Times today he wants the trial held somewhere else.
Newsmax reports today the Obama administration, AG Holder in particular seem to be ignoring Al Qaida's moves and plans:
A new report by retired longtime intelligence officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, who served as chief of the CIA's Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, accuses the U.S. government of seriously misreading al-Qaida's operational objectives.
"Al-Qaida's reasoning," according to Mowatt-Larssen's new report from Harvard's Kennedy School, "runs counter to analytic convention that equates the ease of acquisition of chemical, biological or radiological weapons with an increasing likelihood of terrorist use - i.e., a terrorist attack employing crude weapons is therefore more likely than an attack using a nuclear or large scale biological weapon."
The U.K. has been on "severe" terrorism alert and the United States has recently elevated to critical after "chatter" that Al Qaida was attempting another bombing attempt on an American plane. In a 48 hour period last week , 6 people on the "no-fly" list were detained in various foreign airports and authorities were told to be on the lookout for female suicide bombers using American passports.
What is the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee going to do about Holder's anti-American policies and when?
How many more attacks on this country must take place?
Who are you working for, Mr. Holder? The chorus is getting louder.
Jane Jamison is publisher of the conservative news/commentary blog, UNCOVERAGE.net