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Holder throwing in the towel on CIA investigation?
American Thinker ^ | September 19, 2009 | Clarice Feldman

Posted on 09/19/2009 10:17:48 AM PDT by jazusamo

Tom Maguire, citing the Washington Post, reports that AG Eric Holder seems to be winding down the much ballyhooed and widely criticized decision to investigate the CIA interrogators:

The WaPo reports that, having finished with the grandstanding and puffery, Attorney General Eric Holder's investigation into the already-investigated detainee abuse cases is narrowing and winding down.

Beyond the obvious problems - in addition to demoralizing the CIA they are investigating the foot soldiers, not the generals who ordered the policy - it turns out that technicalities of law, jurisdiction and evidence make prosecutions and convictions difficult.  That is hardly a surprise to the rest of us, but apparently it is news to Holder, who did not read the reports explaining the decisions not to prosecute before reopening the investigations:

Before his decision to reopen the cases, Holder did not read detailed memos that prosecutors drafted and placed in files to explain their decision to decline prosecutions. That issue has rankled GOP lawmakers and some career lawyers in the Justice Department, who question whether Holder's order was made based on the facts or on his political instincts.

But a government source asserted that Holder was briefed on some of the details by advisers and that the attorney general was troubled by the material he read. Authorities have not pointed publicly to new evidence or witnesses that would strengthen the cases under review.

This only makes him seem more incompetent. Tom thinks maybe he'll now have time to re-open the decision to drop the voter intimidation case against the Black Panthers.

I have a different view. I think that like Charles Gibson he's decided to play dumb rather than concede that he made a stupid judgment call to appeal to the party's left wing, a call which has drawn almost universal condemnation.

Either way, he looks foolish. If we accept the "government source's" version of the events, it's a good thing he decided to cut his losses early on this one. He would be well advised to seek new legal counsel though, because whoever told him reopening these cases was the thing to do is an idiot.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocia; bhodoj; cia; ciaprobe; holder; investigation; obama
Whether incompetance or political bias and anti-Americanism on Holders part it has to come to an end.
1 posted on 09/19/2009 10:17:48 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
I love the sound of DUmmie heads exploding!
2 posted on 09/19/2009 10:19:48 AM PDT by OSHA (I want to meet the man that put the cat IN the bag.)
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To: OSHA

I hear you! :-)


3 posted on 09/19/2009 10:20:55 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: OSHA

They still have heads?!!


4 posted on 09/19/2009 10:21:04 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: jazusamo
... technicalities of law, jurisdiction and evidence make prosecutions and convictions difficult.

Well, we certainly can't expect the nation's top cop to be up on the nuances of law, jurisdiction and evidence, can we?

5 posted on 09/19/2009 10:23:18 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jazusamo

I think it is time to investigate Holder. 0bama’s thugs have not been vetted at all and I sure we won’t have to look far to find some serious dirt. I think the CIA could “unofficially” point out where to look.


6 posted on 09/19/2009 10:23:56 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - You Lie!!!)
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To: OSHA

Exploding or imploding? Perhaps both - like a stellar black hole.

LOL!


7 posted on 09/19/2009 10:24:12 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: jazusamo

Agree and the trick to take the heat of Obama failed.


8 posted on 09/19/2009 10:25:15 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: alecqss
They still have heads?!!

Not sure... How can you tell?


9 posted on 09/19/2009 10:25:42 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: jazusamo

Need anymore proof Obama lies?

10 posted on 09/19/2009 10:26:56 AM PDT by McGruff (Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency - Obama)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Exactly! Holder is incompetent but Zer0 brought him on to do his dirty work and he seems to be doing it.


11 posted on 09/19/2009 10:27:29 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Holder is apparently an idealillogicallog.


12 posted on 09/19/2009 10:27:48 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: jazusamo

This administration is getting more pathetic by the day.


13 posted on 09/19/2009 10:27:57 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (All Hail the Community Organizer -in -Chief)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Holder was apparently acting stupidly.


14 posted on 09/19/2009 10:28:59 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: jazusamo

The only way to stop the Dems is with bad polls.


15 posted on 09/19/2009 10:29:13 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: jazusamo
Holder's incompetence blew the investigation into the assassination of Mary Caity Mahoney, a former White House intern working at a Starbucks near the White House.
16 posted on 09/19/2009 10:29:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: McGruff

Great post! It was a blatant lie on Zer0’s part.


17 posted on 09/19/2009 10:29:46 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Nope, just delaying it.


18 posted on 09/19/2009 10:31:21 AM PDT by sport
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To: Brilliant

Well and people like me calling our Representatives and the White house and telling them ‘LEAVE OUR C.I.A. ALONE’!


19 posted on 09/19/2009 10:32:48 AM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: jazusamo

Maybe somebody sidled up to Panetta and said, “You might want to take a look at these pictures and documents sir.” Maybe Panetta said to his boss, “Sir, I think it could be very damaging to you personally and the future of your (lack of) administration if these pictures and documents gained general circulation in the world. Its up to you sir.”


20 posted on 09/19/2009 10:34:28 AM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism--Terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: jazusamo
“This only makes him seem more incompetent.”

Holder is incompetent when it comes to being Attorney General, but the decision to investigate had nothing to due with the merits of the case. It was a purely political decision to intimidate and silence the opposition. The case has no merit whatsoever but it will be used as a club to beat down people by imposing high legal fees on them. The power to destroy people that the AG has is enormous. This was about destroying individuals, never about investigating the facts. It is straight out of the Alinsky playbook.

21 posted on 09/19/2009 10:34:44 AM PDT by detective
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To: jazusamo
As deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, Eric Holder was a willing facilitator of the Clinton's justice-for-sale racket. When trying to analyze the motives of such a dirtball it's important to follow the money. Until February, Holder was a senior partner with the D.C. law firm, Covington & Burling, which represents 17 Yemeni nationals held at Guantanamo. If Holder can establish that his former clients are torture victims Covington & Burling can sue the U.S. government on the terrorists’ behalf for untold millions.
22 posted on 09/19/2009 10:35:01 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: jazusamo
"...Holder, who did not read the reports explaining the decisions not to prosecute before reopening the investigations:.."

That is all you need to know. The "investigation" was done for Political reasons by a corrupt and lazy AG.

23 posted on 09/19/2009 10:35:10 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: jazusamo
I think the recent FBI breakup of a terrorist attack shook Holder's a@@. I think that he realized that this attack on the CIA and any future attack by terrorists will cook his goose. So he backed off this political attack.
24 posted on 09/19/2009 10:35:56 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: RushLake

That seems like a strong possibility.


25 posted on 09/19/2009 10:37:48 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

They trot him out with this threat every time Cheney makes points in the news. He’ll be back.


26 posted on 09/19/2009 10:40:07 AM PDT by des
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To: jazusamo

“...Holder, who did not read the reports explaining the decisions not to prosecute before reopening the investigations...” The guy is totally, totally, incompetent. And he has gone public with it. And BO named him Attorney General.


27 posted on 09/19/2009 10:40:14 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Why does holder not do something meaningful such as re examine the threat to democracy in the Black Panthers intimidation? Why can he not look in the mirror and do the right thing? Orders directly from Barry - o?


28 posted on 09/19/2009 10:41:40 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: OSHA

I guess making war only on your own country isn’t proving as politically popular as they thought. Ah, the problems of affirmative action fascism.


29 posted on 09/19/2009 10:42:26 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

UGH - I guess follow the $$$$ always rings true.


30 posted on 09/19/2009 10:43:27 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: jazusamo
May be Soros Agenda. He was the one pushing ACLU to insist that pictures were released.
31 posted on 09/19/2009 10:45:07 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: jazusamo
Of course, it was never about facts, it was about throwing a bone Leftist blogger wing of the 0 regime's base.
32 posted on 09/19/2009 10:46:50 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Carbon offsets? Sounds like the Environmental Church wants us to buy climate indulgences.)
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To: opentalk

Yes, I’d bet Soros is pulling Zer0’s strings.


33 posted on 09/19/2009 10:48:50 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I think Holder is hearing the distant music of investigations gradually coming closer and closer to his background, associations, previously spoken and written words, and criminal acts.


34 posted on 09/19/2009 10:49:41 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: La Lydia

Embarrassing video of Eric Holder on Elian’s “Rescue”

http://patriotroom.com/article/embarrassing-video-for-attorney-general-nominee-eric-holder


35 posted on 09/19/2009 10:50:49 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: Paladin2

Yes. Probably time for a beer with the boss.


36 posted on 09/19/2009 10:51:49 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: little jeremiah

Let’s hope so, it’ll be a great day if it comes.


37 posted on 09/19/2009 10:53:06 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

The CIA might have made Holder and offer he could not refuse.


38 posted on 09/19/2009 10:56:22 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: La Lydia

“The guy is totally, totally, incompetent. And he has gone public with it. And BO named him Attorney General.”

A zero, plus a zero, equals zero.


39 posted on 09/19/2009 11:16:07 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: victim soul
[I guess follow the $$$$ always rings true]

I think this is also true with Obama’s abandoning of the Polish/Czech anti-missile program. General Electric officials are supposed to sign a big contract with Putin next week. GE already has a handful of profitable projects in Russia. I think this latest one is for diesel-electric locomotives. Putin may have pressured GE (NBC) to help kill the missile shield at a time when Obama is weakening.

40 posted on 09/19/2009 11:16:42 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Wow. And great tagline.


41 posted on 09/19/2009 11:22:22 AM PDT by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: jazusamo
Holder and Zero need to free up their time to work up a believable defense for their friends at ACORN.
42 posted on 09/19/2009 11:25:04 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: jazusamo

The entire edifice of 0bama and associated leftist thugs needs to be dismantled. Or cleaned out like the vermin that they are. They mean to entirely destroy all that is still good about America (and the world). Money, power, crime and leftist ideology is total story.


43 posted on 09/19/2009 11:27:18 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: jazusamo

People dont have basic necessities and they waste their time on this.

Makes me sick.


44 posted on 09/19/2009 11:35:20 AM PDT by freespirited (Liberals are only liberal about sex & drugs. Otherwise, they want to control your life. --DHorowitz)
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To: muawiyah

Incompetence.....or something else?


45 posted on 09/19/2009 12:26:42 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: himno hero

I do not think orders from Obama are necessary. Things are understood at that level. The rot is very deep.


46 posted on 09/19/2009 12:57:04 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Guenevere
Involvement?

I suspect he wants to interrogate CIA people to find out what they have on him.

47 posted on 09/19/2009 1:37:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo

It did not have the effect they wanted.


48 posted on 09/19/2009 1:38:27 PM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACRON is OBAMA)
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To: jazusamo

Holder is a moron. Lawyers can be as stupid as anyone else, and often are, but they’re at least supposed to be able to read and assimilate information. But not Holder - he’s too busy calling the rest of us racist cowards.


49 posted on 09/19/2009 1:56:38 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: jazusamo

Doesn’t it do your heart good to know that such an amateur is running the DOJ?


50 posted on 09/19/2009 2:36:38 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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