A regular on Judicial Watch’s annual Top 10 Corrupt list as Obama’s Attorney General and the least popular politician in the US according to a Hart Research poll. He omitted the words “Islamic Terrorist” from his vocabulary; covered up his DOJ & the ATF smuggling of guns to Mexican drug cartels in Fast & Furious meant to take away our 2nd amendment by blaming gun owners earning him the distinction of “the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress”; publicly stated his desire to “brainwash” children to think negatively about gun ownership; gave a pass to HSBC who was laundering hundreds of millions of dollars for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and groups linked to Al Qaeda; seized AP phone records violating their 1st amendment rights; targeted conservatives and gun shops in Operation Choke Point and the IRS Tea Party scandal; targeting whistleblowers, peaceful protesters, and journalists; failed to look into politicians cashing in all over the world using their political power; and shamelessly operated the most blatantly politicized DOJ in generations, perhaps history!
Eric Holder’s past is a record of radical left wing ambitions, bending law to fit racist group’s political desires and subservience to whatever outrageous deeds his political masters instruct him to accomplish.
Ever since he was in college, Holder felt laws he didn’t like were okay to simply ignore. As a Columbia University freshman in 1970, Holder took part in “a five-day, armed protest, and occupation of the university’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) building.” It was organized by the “Black Students’ Organization.” At the time, Holder “was an active member on campus of the Student Afro-American Society.” His group “released a statement supporting the efforts of 21 Black Panthers charged with plotting to blow up a police station, department stores, railroad tracks and the New York Botanical Gardens.” Holder’s armed occupation was successful, They got the ROTC office converted into the infamous “Malcolm X Lounge” that Obama liked to “relax” in.
Holder received a bachelor’s degree in American history from Columbia University in 1973 and went on to earn a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
- Eric Holder was employed by the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section from 1976 to 1988
- He was appointed as a Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1988 by President Reagan
- In 1993, President Clinton appointed Holder as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
- In 1997 Clinton nominated Holder to Deputy Attorney General and he was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous vote
- Holder was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Obama
The liberal riots in Ferguson, Missouri that led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement certainly has Holder’s afro-activist fingerprints all over them. After George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service is documented providing cash and support for “marches, demonstrations, and rallies” in Sanford, Florida.
On January 2, 2016, the Bundy brothers and their supporters peacefully began occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest over a septuagenarian rancher and his son unjustly imprisoned for managing their own land. They would later spend over two years in jail for the same thing Holder got away with Scot free.
Eric Holder put the interests of his political boss first, and the interests of the administration of justice a very distant second. When President Obama bent, broke, changed or rewrote the law, the person at his side advising him how to do it was Eric Holder. All the while, he maintained a facade of respect for the rule of law, something for which he and Obama showed mostly utter contempt.
Holder’s failure to enforce federal laws such as our immigration statutes on a wholesale basis is a particularly acute betrayal of the most basic standard that applies to the attorney general. Instead of acting as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he instead acted as the political lawyer of a dictator. Perhaps that’s why Holder had one of the lowest approval ratings of any public official.
The cases in which judges found Justice Department prosecutors to have engaged in prosecutorial abuse during Mr. Holder’s tenure showed how much high-level corruption seeped into the lower levels of the department. In a failed prosecution of a peaceful abortion protester, for example, a federal judge remarked on the nearly total lack of evidence of any violation of the law. The protester had been targeted to chill the political speech of pro-life advocates. In another case involving police officers in New Orleans, a federal judge found the Justice Department had committed “grotesque prosecutorial abuse” and complained about the “skullduggery” and “perfidy” of Justice prosecutors.
The Obama administration charged more journalists and legitimate government whistleblowers with espionage than all other presidents combined since the passage of the 1917 Espionage Act. Whether it was targeting CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou for exposing the agency’s torture program, seizing Associated Press phone records, prosecuting Chelsea Manning or going after journalists James Risen and James Rosen, Holder undoubtedly oversaw the largest attack on the First Amendment in modern history. Even the New York Times noted: “The Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.”
The politically motivated hiring in the civil service ranks that has gone on in parts of the Justice Department, such as the Civil Rights Division, guarantees that radical ideologues will continue to permeate the department for years to come. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has said, under Eric Holder the Justice Department has become a “full employment program for progressive activists, race-obsessed bean counters (redundant, I know), and lawyers who volunteered their services during the Bush years to help al Qaeda operatives file lawsuits against the United States.”
The legal theories advanced by the administration were so far outside of the mainstream that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Holder’s Justice Department unanimously almost two-dozen times. Those cases have ranged from the Hosanna-Tabor decision, where the Justice Department claimed the religious freedom clause of the First Amendment did not protect the hiring decisions of a church, to the Sackett case, where the Justice Department tried to prevent a family from defending itself in court and contesting a ludicrous administrative order from Environmental Protection Agency bureaucrats that would subject them to a fine of up to $75,000 a day.
Many of those cases have a common theme: a frightening view of unlimited federal power, one untempered by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Eric Holder aggressively used the enormous power of the Justice Department to abuse the liberty and economic rights of Americans, to manipulate racial politics and drive a wedge of hostility deep into our society, and to exploit the administration of justice as a political tool to benefit his president and his political party.
There is no way to know how long it will take to repair the damage he has done. Unfortunately, Loretta Lynch, his replacement when he finally stepped down in 2015, made it clear in her confirmation hearings that she did not disagree with a single act of Holder or Obama.
So let’s take a look at some of his past acts. When Holder served as Deputy Attorney General for the Clinton administration, it was he who engineered, under President Clinton’s direction, the controversial grant of clemency that freed members of the FLAN and Los Macheteros. They were Puerto Rican nationalist groups who wanted the U.S. out of Puerto Rico and had turned to terrorism in order to try and accomplish that end. He took that action over the strong objections of many career officers in the Department Of Justice. Not the first time or the last time Holder has ignored or dismissed objections from professional career officers in the DOJ for his own or his masters political/ideological reasons. The sixteen members of the FLAN and Los Macheteros were serving time after a trial in New York City for bank robbery, possession of explosives, six murders, armed robberies, participating in a seditious conspiracy and hundreds of injuries to innocent people, they had been found guilty and were put in prison.
Why would a Deputy Attorney General do whatever he had to do, and that must have been a lot of arm twisting, pressure on the right people perhaps even some kind of bribery in order to get these murderous terrorist criminals pardoned? Hillary Clinton was running her first Senatorial campaign in New York about that time. Guess what, with all the favorable publicity generated by that pardon in the Hispanic areas of New York City, she swept those areas with big majorities and won that election. That’s right, with her husband Bill’s pardon, engineered by Holder, flying on here flag post, Hillary won and common sense makes it clear that is what the pardon was all about. Might the pardon have been a little payback for Monica, yuh think? I know I know, even Hillary got embarrassed about the pardon and at the last minute before the election refuted it, but by that time she had all the benefits from it. Cunning plan Hillary.
However, that act of legal malfeasance was far from his last or even his most disreputable. There is the infamous Marc Rich pardon. Marc Rich was an international fugitive who had duped our government out of loads of cash. President Clinton had pardoned this fugitive on the recommendation of Holder, his Deputy Attorney General, and for Clinton’s own corrupt reasons. At that time Rich was on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, accused of racketeering, defrauding the United States Treasury out of tens of millions of dollars and trading with our Nations enemies, including Iran. Rich had supplied Iran with funds Iran desperately needed while Khomeini’ embargoed regime kept American Diplomats prisoner and held them as hostages.
When an outraged Congress summoned Holder to explain his actions, Holder’s testimony was rambling and often incredible, saying he didn’t really know much about the Marc Rich case. He was consistent on the subject of his own ignorance about Marc Rich. Holder’s protestations of ignorance do not stand even shallow scrutiny. Holder knew Rich well. To be clear, before the pardon scandal convinced Holder it was in his best interest to profess ignorance about his knowledge of Rich, Holder was on record with media bragging about how his office was cracking down on Marc Rich’s financial crimes. So the question is why did Clinton tell Holder to set up a pardon for Rich? Since Rich’s whole life was a record of self-serving financial chicanery, my inclination would be to believe there was money involved. Remember Clinton was on his way out of the White House at that time and the news stories were saying he and Hillary were even stealing the White House china. Oh by the way, Holders claim not to be aware of the Rich case sounds a lot like his claim he wasn’t aware of anything to do with Fast and Furious until months after Brian Terry (the Border Patrol Agent) was murdered. I mean I know people who don’t know much, but this clown tries convincing us he doesn’t even suspect anything.
President Obama says “I have complete confidence in Attorney General Holder”. I wonder why? Pick almost any unnecessary, losing battle Obama has been involved in and his dumb ass Attorney General is at the center of it.
Almost immediately after Obama took office, Holder convinced the President to announce the closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, without even examining the feasibility of doing so. Not only did the President suffer the indignity of missing the deadline he and Holder had demanded, (remember this is when Obama was at the height of his popularity), but the Democrat controlled Senate voted 90 to zero to block funds for Guantanamo’s closure. Oh by the way, Guantanamo is still open and despite Obama’s current and future ranting’s, Obama must know his own party will never give him the votes to close it.
The next incredibly stupid action Holder recommended was his decision to release classified Justice Department memos on the CIA terrorist interrogation program and reopen a criminal investigation into the conduct of CIA investigators in order to placate the far left wing of the Democrat Party. It didn’t matter to Holder that five CIA directors including Leon Panetta, Obama’s choice as CIA director, all vigorously objected to Holder’s action. According to the Washington Post, Holder did not even read detailed memos that previous career prosecutors drafted and placed in files to explain their adamant decisions to decline prosecutions. Once more Holder claims ignorance because he didn’t know what was going on at his department; this was a prosecution that had no chance of happening.
Did Holder set this up just to make his radical left wing supporters feel good? After two years of wasted money, resources and needless controversy, Holder came up empty. What a guy.
Then Holder gave the order to read the Christmas Day Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a Miranda warning after just 50 minutes of questioning. After Miranda, Abdulmutallab shut up and we didn’t get much from him thereafter. Holder did not consult any high level intelligence or national security officials prior to the Miranda warning (are we seeing a pattern here). If our professional intelligence personnel had been making that decision, Abdulmutallab would have been under intensive debriefing for at least several days if not weeks. We now know he was an Al Queida operative and he had valuable information we did not get. There is no doubt with that action Holder cost this country valuable anti-terrorist intelligence. Of course given his overall beliefs, Holder probably does not really care about that.
The next catastrophic error made by Holder as A.G. was his and Obama’s attempt to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terrorists in federal court in New York City. This is where some very serious radical left wing ideology, potentially destructive to the United States, comes into play by Holder. Why would Holder and Obama want to try KSM and other 9/11 terrorists in a civilian court in New York City? And to answer that question one has to go into some murky ideologically motivated details.
There is an outfit called the “Center for Constitutional Rights” run by a man named Michael Ratner. To give an idea who Ratner is and what he believes in check this out. Ratner wrote a book called, “The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld” which attempted to set up Rumsfeld for a war crimes trial. He also published another book declaring Che Guevara a heroic guerilla. I guess he missed that part of Guevara’s career where Guevara murdered several people being held prisoner by Castro in a Havana sports stadium with a baseball bat. That tell us everything we need to know about Ratner. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has received over 2.5 million dollars in funding from George Soros and his affiliates. One of those affiliates listed by CCR as a partner in their radical efforts is a law firm, Covington and Burling, who employs many far left attorneys. Covington and Burling was Eric Holders law firm for eight years prior to his becoming Obama’s Attorney General. Covington and Burling proudly list among its achievements their help in winning Constitutional habeas corpus rights for Islamic terrorists held in Guantanamo, allowing them to sue in U.S. courts for their release. Holder’s law firm did this with the full blessing and support from Eric Holder. Of course these humanitarians did all this work pro bono. I imagine the Americans who lost loved ones on 9/11 and those who lost sons and daughters to these radical jihadists in our war against militant Islam must feel all warm and fuzzy about that.
Holder is not the only lawyer from Covington and Burling serving in the D.O.J. He brought many more with him and also many more from other far left law firms in this country. Ok, now think about it. Obama and Holder wanted to try KSM and other 9/11 terrorists in New York City. We know who the defending attorneys would have been, the most radical lawyers to be found in this country. Militant Islamists thru their financial connections in the Middle East would have paid big money to hire them. But who would have been the prosecuting attorneys? The attorneys who would have been responsible for prosecuting KSM? Oh Oh, why of course the same type of radical attorneys from firms like Covington and Burling and the Center for Constitutional Rights that Eric Holder brought with him and who are now ensconced in Holders D.O.J. Can you sense an agenda here?
Think about the attorneys who would have been defending KSM. Think about them as mob attorneys defending Mafia killers for money, but instead of money, the real currency for those attorneys is ideology. These radicals despise traditional American values and spend much of their careers trying to destroy the American system of government. What a circus the trial in New York would have been, both the prosecution and defense trying to make America a mockery to the world. And that is just what Obama and Holder wanted to have done. There is no other reason that makes any sense for that outrageous attempt. However we Americans are not as dumb as some hope we are. In the face of an overwhelming national backlash, the Obama administration and its D.O.J. were forced to back down and it had to announce the resumption of military trails at Guantanamo. But that’s OK because Obama has total confidence in you as A.G. Eric
For his next blunder, Holder withdrew the law suit against the New Black Panther Party (why new, they are just as bad as the old one) for violations of the voting rights act. Holder did so over the objections of six career lawyers at the D.O.J. Again Holder takes the low road and overrides experience career officers in order to further advance his own ideological agenda. His direction that violations by black perpetrators be treated differently than those by whites is on its face racism. And this is the Attorney General selected and supported by President Obama. Why am I not surprised?
How about Holder suing the State of Arizona over its immigration law 1070? It’s bad enough that Obama and his gang refuse to provide the manpower to protect our southern border from illegal immigration, the poison the drug cartels are pouring into our country and the fact that our southern border is being penetrated by sleeper cells from countries that have great desire to do us harm. But for Holder to admit to Congress that he actually had not read the law, but was relying on T.V. and media coverage to make his decision to sue Arizona is incredible. I mean you just can’t make this stuff up. Since then several other States have passed similar immigration laws, and Holder is suing some of them as well.
I guess the left wing of our country doesn’t really mind that 10 to 20 million illegals are roaming around this country, undocumented and unaccounted for and whose primary loyalty is not to the United States of America. In today’s crazy world that is beyond insane.
One – Discriminatory Hiring Practices
On August 8, 2011 documents were released by the DOJ, subsequent to a court battle, which revealed the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division had been engaging in politicized hiring in the career civil service ranks. According to PJ Media, the politicized hiring practices of Holder’s DOJ are nearly unprecedented in scope. In June 2008, Holder admitted to the American Constitution Society (an organization started as a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society) that the Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values.”
The DOJ’s hiring records speak for themselves as this in depth study by PJ Media demonstrates.
Two – Fort Hood
Following the Fort Hood attack on November 5, 2009 not one of the post-attack reports issued by the DOJ mentioned Nidal Hasan’s Islamist ideology. And, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to call the attack an act of terrorism on its report on the attack. Instead it was labeled as “workplace violence.” The Gloria Center elaborates:
“This official “blindness” to Major Hasan’s motivations are unquestionably the consequences wrought by the Obama administration’s outreach policies. Not just content with not pursuing terror investigations, as in the case of Major Hasan and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Obama administration has taken a more proactive approach to shutting down terror investigations–especially when those investigations involved their Muslim outreach partners.”
Three – AP Surveillance
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of the telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press (AP). President and CEO Gary Pruitt has described the DOJ’s actions as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls of individual reporters’ work and personal phone numbers and AP office numbers in D.C., New York and Hartford, CT. Also listed was the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives’ press gallery, according to the AP’s lawyers.
Pruitt has commented that, “there can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”
Four – DOJ Secretly Targets Fox News Reporter, James Rosen
In the James Rosen case, the Justice Department claimed it did not violate the press freedom of the Fox News Correspondent as he isn’t press. Instead, the DOJ argued, he was an “aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a spy ring, for having receiving classified information about North Korea from an intelligence analyst.
Evidence of Rosen’s spying consisted of an e-mail to Rosen’s source stating he wanted to break “news ahead of my competitors” and that they could “expose muddle-headed policy when we see it—or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.”
The Department of Justice knew Rosen had not committed a crime by simply asking Stephen Jin–Woo Kim for his opinion on the expected North Korean response to the then-pending U.N. condemnations of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. By making the claim, however, to a federal judge, that Rosen was criminally complicit in the release of classified information, by the manner in which he posed questions to Kim, the DOJ deluded the judge into signing a search warrant. The warrant, when executed, allowed the feds to read Rosen’s private emails. By way of the emails, the feds were led to Fox News telephone numbers in New York City and in Washington, which they since have admitted to monitoring.
Five – Marc Rich Pardon
Eric Holder played an important role in what was arguably the most infamous of President Clinton’s 176 pardons. Marc Rich, a billionaire financier and fugitive oil broker, who illegally bought oil from Iran during the American trade embargo, attempted to hide more than $100 million in profits by using dummy transactions in off-shore corporations. Following that, he renounced his American citizenship and made a hasty retreat to Switzerland in order to avoid prosecution for 51 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, tax fraud, tax evasion, and the illegal oil transactions with Iran. But, President Clinton signed the pardon, later crediting Holder’s recommendation as one of the factors that had convinced him to issue the pardon.
Six – Weather Underground Pardon
Holder, as Deputy Attorney General, “was the gatekeeper for presidential pardons.” Two of the recipients of Holder’s pardons were former Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans. The Weather Underground, a far-left organization, was founded in the late 1960′s. It’s main objective was to overthrow the American government. Several bombing attacks were initiated by the group and were mostly against government buildings and banks. There were also exhortations for white radicals to join with black radicals in the overthrow of the government. The Weather Underground opposed what they described as “American imperialism.” Former members of the group robbed a Brinks bank truck in 1981, resulting in the deaths of a Brinks security guard and two policemen. One of the killers, Kathy Boudin, is now an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
Seven – Holder’s DOJ Threatens Free Speech
The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) of Tennessee sponsored an event on June 4, called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society.” The main speakers for the event were DOJ official Bill Killian, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and FBI Special Agent of the Knoxville Division, Kenneth Moore. What is troubling about the event is that Killian addressed how social media posts and documents deemed inflammatory toward Muslims can be considered a violation of civil rights laws. Killian described the event as, “an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion.” He also said that the event would serve, “to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”
This was a blatant attempt at subverting First Amendment rights, but the DOJ’s Killian is espousing views that apparently have the support of President Obama who has said: ”The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”
Killian went on to quote the law, showing a slide of Title 18, U.S. Federal Code, Section 241, which states: ”If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States…they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both…”
Eight – Hostility Towards Conservatives
At an American Constitution Society gathering in 2004, Holder made the following comments:
- “Conservatives have been defenders of the status quo, afraid of the future, and content to allow to continue to exist all but the most blatant inequalities.”
- Conservatives have “made a mockery of the rule of law.”
- Conservatives try to “put the environment at risk for the sake of unproven economic theories, to play to the fears of our citizens, and not to their hopes, and to return the nation to a time that in fact never existed.”
- Conservatives are “breathtaking” in their “arrogance,” which manifests itself in such things as “attacks on abortion rights,” “energy policies that are as shortsighted as they are ineffective,” and “tax cuts that disproportionately favor those who are well off and perpetuate many of the inequities in our nation.”
- The hallmarks of the “conservative agenda” include “social division, mindless tax cutting, and a defense posture that does not really make us safer.”
- “The nation must be convinced that it is a progressive future that holds the greatest promise for equality and the continuation of those policies that serve to support the greatest number of our people. In the short term this will not be an easy task. With the mainstream media somewhat cowered by conservative critics, and the conservative media disseminating the news in anything but a fair and balanced manner, and you know what I mean there, the means to reach the greatest number of people is not easily accessible.”
Nine – Opposition to Second Amendment Rights
In 2008, Eric Holder claimed that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but only applied to government militias. Political commentator and scholar, John Lott, was unable to “find even one gun control law that Holder has opposed.” Lott remarked that, “on every gun control regulation [Holder] has discussed, he has been supportive, including: bans, raising the age that someone can possess a gun, registration and licensing, one-gun-a-month limit on purchases, and mandatory waiting periods.”
On top of that, in a 1995 address to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, Holder apprised the crowd of the launch of a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” “What we need to do,” Holder explained, “is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes.”
Ten – Treatment of Terrorists as Criminal Defendants Instead of Enemy Combatants
In 2004, Holder filed an amicus brief on behalf of al Qaeda terrorist Jose Padilla, who had been commissioned by Osama bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to carry out a post-9/11, second wave of terrorist attacks in the US. In the brief, Holder held that President Bush lacked the constitutional authority to determine the parameters of the battlefield in the war on terror. Padilla was arrested in the U.S., upon his return from Pakistan where he met with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to make plans for the attack on U.S. interests. In Holder’s opinion, Islamic terrorists had a right to be treated as criminal defendants and not enemy combatants. The only exception, according to Holder, is if the capture of the terrorist occurs on a traditional battlefield.
Upon analysis, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy reported that Holder’s Padilla brief was “a comprehensive attack on Bush counterterrorism, an enthusiastic endorsement of the law-enforcement approach in vogue during the Clinton era (when Holder was deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, who also signed on to the Padilla brief).”
Similarly, according to Discover the Networks:
“In May 2009, Holder announced that Ahmed Ghailani—who had been indicted by a federal grand jury for the 1998 bombings (which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans) of two U.S. embassies in Africa—would be transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to New York City for trial. This would make Ghailani the first Guantanamo detainee brought to the U.S. and the first to face trial in a civilian criminal court. Said Holder:
‘By prosecuting Ahmed Ghailani in federal court, we will ensure that he finally answers for his alleged role in the bombing of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya….This administration is committed to keeping the American people safe and upholding the rule of law, and by closing Guantanamo and bringing terrorists housed there to justice we will make our nation stronger and safer.’
On November 13, 2009, Holder announced that his Justice Department would likewise try five Guantanamo Bay detainees with alleged ties to the 9/11 conspiracy, in a civilian court—the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants were Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM).”
Eleven – Arizona Immigration Law
On April 23, 2010, Arizona’s GOP governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law a bill authorizing state police to check with federal authorities on the immigration status of any individuals they stop for a legitimate reason–if the behavior of those individuals, or the circumstances of the stop, cause the officers to suspect they might be in the U.S. illegally. But, following the bill being signed into law, Holder vehemently spoke out against the bill and suggested the federal government might challenge it. He also warned that the law could lead to racial profiling and might cause Latinos to stop cooperating with police.
After accusing Arizona of trying to “second guess” the federal government and the Justice Department he filed a lawsuit, challenging the state’s immigration policy. This was done on the grounds that the “invalid” law interferes with federal immigration responsibilities and “must be struck down.” The lawsuit urged the U.S. District Court in Arizona to “preliminarily and permanently” prohibit the state from enforcing the law, but later on down the road, the law was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Twelve – New Black Panther Intimidation
On Election Day, 2008, a couple of members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated white voters with racial slurs and threats. This took place at a Philadelphia polling place and the two culprits were Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz. Former civil rights attorney and campaign aide to the late Robert F. Kennedy, Bartle Bull, observed the Panthers’ antics and described them as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” he had ever seen. Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits intimidation, coercion and threats to voters or those aiding voters, so the Bush Justice Department filed a civil-rights lawsuit against Jackson and Shabazz and against the New Black Panther Party and its national chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz.
However, in 2009 the Obama administration inherited that lawsuit and when the defendants failed to answer the lawsuit, a federal court in Philadelphia entered a default judgment against them. The Holder Justice Department responded by abruptly dropping the charges against the Panthers and two of the defendants. The third defendant was simply barred from displaying a weapon near a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years.
Thirteen – Opposition to Voter ID Laws
Eric Holder has consistently opposed efforts to pass voter ID laws, which are designed to minimize voter fraud. He believes these laws have the effect of disenfranchising nonwhite minorities. In a May 2012 meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and black church leaders, Holder said that during the preceding two years, the Justice Department had challenged “two dozen state laws and executive orders from more than a dozen states that could make it significantly harder for many eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.″
Fourteen – Fast & Furious
The Heritage Foundation provides a summary of the Fast and Furious scandal:
“A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals, and the dismissal of a 24-year veteran law enforcement official. This is the story of Fast and Furious, and yesterday the latest chapter unfolded when two top officials associated with the operation were removed from their positions, while a third individual resigned.
The story begins in the fall of 2009, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona, began selling weapons to small-time gun buyers in the hopes of tracing them to major weapons traffickers along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Their efforts failed, the number of arms unaccounted for numbers around 1,500 as of late July, and about two-thirds of those guns ended up in Mexico, according to congressional testimony.
Tragically, the botched operation has had serious consequences. On the night of December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed during an effort to catch several bandits targeting illegal immigrants in Arizona near the border. When law enforcement rushed to the scene, they discovered two of the killers’ assault rifles that were among those sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious. Additionally, 57 Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least an additional 11 violent crimes in the U.S.”
Fifteen – Holder Purges References to “Radical Islam”
In February 2012, Islamist groups in the United States were found to have repeatedly met with high-ranking Obama administration officials in order to voice their concerns regarding the use of the term “radical Islam” in FBI training materials. Because these groups felt the term was both “offensive” and “racist,” Holder, along with FBI director Robert Mueller, issued an order requiring all such language to be removed from the FBI training content. The Gloria Center reports that, “among the more than 1,000 items destroyed or removed by the FBI and the DOJ were PowerPoints and articles that defined jihad as ‘holy war,’ and presentations that portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization which seeks to establish Islam’s dominion over all the world — a goal the Brotherhood has candidly and publicly declared for decades.”
Sixteen – Islamist Outreach
Much of the Obama era Muslim outreach policy was developed at a June 2011 workshop at Georgetown University. The workshop was sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding. In attendance were leaders from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and other Islamic organizations. These groups, all of which are considered to be radical, met with senior Obama administration officials. Additionally, a workshop was held which included officials from the Department of Justice. The workshop was entitled “Workshop on Police-Community Engagement and Counter-Terrorism.” The Obama administration has a history of radical Muslim outreach. These outreach efforts have been employed by the highest levels of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, resulting in decisions which significantly impact the potential prosecutions of terrorists and Islamist leaders.
Too Big to Jail Banks
After British-based bank HSBC was found to be laundering hundreds of millions of dollars for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and groups linked to Al Qaeda, Eric Holder refused to prosecute the bank’s executives. “They violated every g*ddamn law in the book,” said attorney and former Senate investigator Jack Blum at the time. “They took every imaginable form of illegal and illicit business.”
Despite the bank’s involvement in the largest terrorism and drug money laundering case in US history, Holder refused to prosecute any HSBC Executive. According to Holder, the economy would have suffered if any of the bank’s leaders faced punishment. Similarly, Holder outright refused to prosecute any Wall Street CEOs for their role in the country’s financial crisis. Financial whistleblower Everett Stern spoke with Infowars reporter David Knight last year to discuss how the bank has continued to launder money for nefarious organizations due to Holder’s refusal.
Not my Fault. You’re just Racist!
Amazingly, Holder attempted to deflect criticism by claiming that he was the victim of “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” due to his skin color and not his outrageously illegal tenure.
“Forget about me [specifically]. Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
Ironically, Holder’s career will undoubtedly be remembered for being the most unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive.