Holder’s first target as Attorney General was the Bush sanctioned Global War on Terror, which wasn’t at all surprising considering he spent 7 years working for a liberal law firm that had a habit of defending Guantanamo Bay terrorists at no cost. Apparently nothing says charity like keeping mass murderers out of prison. Like Obama, Holder viewed America’s non-existent colonial past as the root of all Muslim terrorist grievances. Strapping explosives to children and flying planes into buildings wasn’t evil, but legitimate protest against a racist Western civilization that had abused impoverished nations for their natural resources.
When the military actually caught a “political protestor” planting an IED or rigging a car bomb, Holder argued it was a “public safety” issue that could be best handled by the criminal justice system. According to the man who had never served a day in the armed forces, law enforcement was “the backbone of our national-security efforts.” Under Holder, harsh interrogations for murderers like KSM were out and Miranda Rights and $500 an hour lawyers for detainees were in.
The administration’s focus on the civil rights of terrorists had perfectly predictable consequences. While Bush kept us safe for seven years following 9/11 with not one successful terrorist attack on American soil during the remainder of his term, under the Obama administration we have suffered at least four: the Little Rock, AK military recruiter shootings on June 1 2009, the Fort Hood mass murder on November 5, 2009, the underwear bomber incident on December 25, 2009 and the failed Times Square bombing on May 1, 2010.
Whether or not these attacks could have been prevented with better intelligence gathering and interrogation capabilities is unknown, but sticking one’s head in the sand and pretending like all is well definitely doesn’t help. As explained by Mike Rogers in the New York Post, Holder is “too focused on gathering evidence for a court case, when the top priority in such instances should be gathering intelligence to prevent future attacks.”
Holder’s love for terrorists began during the Clinton years while he was serving as Assistant Attorney General under Janet Reno. Holder vigorously pushed for the pardon of 16 Latino FALN and Los Macheteros members who “had been linked by the FBI to more than 130 bombings, several armed robberies, six slayings and hundreds of injuries” during their terrorist campaign for Puerto Rican independence in the 1970s and 1980s.
A 1996 DOJ report opposed any pardons on behalf of the convicted criminals. Office of the Pardon Attorney Roger Adams described the effort as “a big deal to consider clemency for a group of people convicted of such heinous crimes”, but under Holder’s direction that document and others like it were replaced with one that falsely indicated the DOJ had no objection to their release. Law enforcement agencies and victim’s families who were vigorously opposed to the pardons were ignored when Clinton set the terrorists free in order to “to boost Hispanic support for Hillary Clinton’s run for the Senate and Al Gore’s bid for the presidency.”
Holder willingness to put political interests before the rule of law was underscored during the 1999 Elian Gonzalez affair. After miraculously surviving a perilous boat journey from Cuba during which his mother perished, Elian was handed over to his uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez, to be raised in America with the blessing of the INS.
Before you could utter the words “the system works”, due to pressure from Cuba which had threatened Clinton with a rehash of the 1980 Mariel boat lift should Elian not be returned, the DOJ reversed its decision. Nat Hentoff explained in The Village Voice “some of these Mariel immigrants were vicious criminals, and a number rioted in an Arkansas detention center, contributing to Clinton’s only defeat in an election for governor. Clinton hasn’t forgotten that, and is mindful that a new wave of boat lifts this summer could mar his hopes of keeping his ‘legacy’ alive by transferring the presidency to Gore and having the Democrats take Congress in November.”
During negotiations between Lazaro and INS, Holder assured journalist Tim Russert that the government had no intention of taking Elian by force. Only few days later a federal SWAT team was kicking down the door of Lazaro’s home and Elian was on his way to a communist reeducation camp. With Holder’s help the false narrative of a government reuniting a father with his son was created. The mainstream media, doing its best to protect Clinton and Democrats in the coming election, packaged and sold it to the American people with nary a word of protest.