Holder's Hidden Friend of Court Briefs

Bill Burck and Dana Perino reveal in NRO that AG Eric Holder expressed views on detainees in amici (friends of court) briefs he signed on to that he was obligated to inform Congress about but failed to. This suggests that the views expressed in those briefs he signed onto presage his inexplicable, highly criticized decisions on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the underpants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab:The brief [in Padilla] leaves no doubt that Holder views the loss of intelligence information as sometimes an acceptable tradeoff because, to quote from the brief again, "as a Nation we have chosen to place some limits on Executive authority in order to protect individual authority." Pre-Obama Holder well appreciated that under some circumstances, treating terrorists like criminal defendants may be less protective of national security than treating them like enemies of the United States. But he was willing to take the risk to reduce what he perceived as possible abuses of...(Read Full Post)