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U.S. Atty Gen. Holder admits 9 Obama Dept. of Justice appointees worked for terrorist detainees
Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | Byron York

Posted on 02/22/2010 9:48:41 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY

Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.

Holder's admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver, and another appointee, Jennifer Daskal, previously advocated for detainees at Human Rights Watch, Grassley asked Holder to give the Senate Judiciary Committee "the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf…the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department…and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department."

In his response, Holder has given Grassley almost nothing. He says nine Obama political appointees at the Justice Department have advocated on behalf of detainees, but did not identify any of the nine other than the two, Katyal and Daskal, whose names Grassley already knew. "To the best of our knowledge," Holder writes,

during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees, and four others either contributed to amicus briefs in detainee-related cases or were otherwise involved in advocacy on behalf of detainees.

Holder says other Obama appointees, like Holder himself, came from law firms which represented detainees but did no work on behalf of the terrorist prisoners. But other than Katyal and Daskal, Holder does not reveal any names of any Obama appointees, nor does he mention the cases they worked on.

And what are they recused from, anyway? Very little. Holder writes that Katyal has not worked on any Guantanamo detainee matters but has participated in litigation involving detainees who continue to be detained at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan and in litigation involving [Ali Saleh Kahlah] al-Marri, who was detained on U.S. soil." As for Daskal, "she has generally worked on policy issues related to detainees," Holder writes. "Her detainee-related work has been fully consistent with advice she received from career department officials regarding her obligations."

As for everyone else, Holder lists no names and no cases, but in a paragraph filled with modifiers, he makes it clear that all the lawyers who had advocated for detainees are free to work on general detainee matters.

The senior Department officials referenced above, like other political appointees who are similarly situated, have recused from particular matters regarding specific detainees in which their former firms represent the detainee or another party and from decisions relating specifically to the dispositions of particular detainees represented by their former firms. These recusals pertain to decisions relating to particular matters involving specific parties who are or have been represented by their former law firms within the relevant time period. However, as noted above, these senior officials have been authorized to participate in policy and legal decisions regarding detainee matters, in particular matters regarding specific detainees whom their prior employer did not represent, and in decisions relating to the disposition of such detainees. [emphasis added]

Finally, it is possible that there are more than nine political appointees who worked for detainees. Holder tells Grassley that he did not survey the Justice Department as a whole but instead canvassed several large offices within the organization.

Bottom line: Holder revealed no names beyond the two already publicly known. He revealed no cases from which Justice political appointees recused themselves. The letter, which will likely be interpreted on Capitol Hill as a thumb-your-nose statement, is sure to anger Republican senators more than satisfy them.

Give me a freaking break!

And you wonder why AMERICAN daily society is devolving into being like what happened during the speech of our current U.S. Ambassador to Isreal that was given on the campus of University of california at Irvine on two weeks ago as seen in the following video (TRUST ME, WATCH THE WHOLE THING):

"Radical Muslim Activity on a US College Campus" (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w96UR79TBw

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My favorite lines:

"...one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver...

and

"Holder says other Obama appointees, like Holder himself, came from law firms which represented detainees but did no work on behalf of the terrorist prisoners."

and my MOST FAVORITE line:

"...it is possible that there are MORE THAN NINE political appointees who worked for detainees. Holder tells Grassley that he did not survey the Justice Department AS A WHOLE but instead canvassed several large offices within the organization."

1 posted on 02/22/2010 9:48:41 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY
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To: BIOCHEMKY

It is time to impeach.

Well, actually we need to wait till we get the house, but the evidence is overwhelming.


2 posted on 02/22/2010 9:50:52 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Nachum

heads up.


3 posted on 02/22/2010 9:52:21 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: mylife

Agree.


4 posted on 02/22/2010 9:54:20 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Jet Jaguar

You’ve GOT to watch the video”

(TRUST ME, WATCH THE WHOLE THING):

“Radical Muslim Activity on a UNITED STATES College Campus” (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w96UR79TBw


5 posted on 02/22/2010 9:56:10 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY (I love liberty more than I hate war.)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

WOW.

JUST WOW.


6 posted on 02/22/2010 10:00:38 PM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: Cindy

Perhaps of interest? Nite! ;-)


7 posted on 02/22/2010 10:08:08 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Tunehead54

Yes, I have that and thank you so much for the ping TuneHead54.

A good evening to you.


8 posted on 02/22/2010 10:09:43 PM PST by Cindy
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Thanks.

No free speech is allowed. By Muslims.

No freedom is allowed. By Muslims.

No Israel is allowed. By Muslims.

9 posted on 02/22/2010 10:11:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: BIOCHEMKY

What’s Holder Hiding? [Robert Costa]

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) is warring with Attorney General Eric Holder over potential conflicts of interest in the Department of Justice over the handling of terrorist detainees. In a recent letter to Grassley, Holder admitted that nine Obama Justice Department appointees represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the department. Holder acknowledged only two by name — principal deputy solicitor general Neal Katyal, a former attorney for Osama bin Laden’s driver, and Jennifer Daskal, a former detainee advocate at Human Rights Watch.

In an interview with National Review Online, Grassley fumed. Holder’s letter, he said, which was sent in response to a request Grassley made last November, leaves much unanswered. “The country has the right to know what the predilections of people in the Justice Department are toward terrorism, especially if they’re giving constitutional rights to terrorists,” he says. “They’re going to regret hiding names. I don’t know why they’re hiding, unless they have something to hide.”

“To me, this is a case of our own public servants or political appointees having an agenda of their own instead of being concerned with the national security of the United States,” Grassley says. “This letter creates a lot of suspicion about conflicts of interest, and it’s out of character for an administration that promised transparency. If I was in the majority, this would demand a hearing or an investigation.” He adds that all attorneys who have been involved with terrorist detainee cases before joining the department should reveal themselves, or be revealed by Holder, and recuse themselves from any case involving terrorists and national security.

Calling Holder’s response simultaneously “obnoxious” and “ludicrous,” Grassley concludes that “without the names and details, we have a reason to question what’s really going on here.”

02/22 06:02 PMShare


10 posted on 02/22/2010 10:14:39 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: All

This is the kind of gate, HolderGate, that will turn people with pitchforks into people with rifles.

The Republicans should filibuster anything and everything until these 9 are named and swiftly fired.


11 posted on 02/22/2010 10:15:22 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I'm praying for Palin....if not I'll vote 4 conservatives...Mitt won't get my vote)
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To: roses of sharon

THANK YOU,

Also this other thread on FR:

Rahm Emmauel: Letter to Eric Holder Demanding Emaunel’s Resignation for Corruption at Freddie Mac
Firedoglake ^ | Dec. 23, 2009 | Jane Hamsher

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 9:38:35 AM by BIOCHEMKY

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2456682/posts

The actual letter is available at the following link:

Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call for Rahm Emanuel’s Resignation
By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 23, 2009 12:17 pm

http://firedoglake.com/2009/12/23/jane-hamsher-grover-norquist-call-for-rahm-emmanuel%E2%80%99s-resignation/


12 posted on 02/22/2010 10:19:45 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY (I love liberty more than I hate war.)
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To: roses of sharon
“This letter creates a lot of suspicion about conflicts of interest
criminal activity

There, fixed it...

13 posted on 02/22/2010 10:32:50 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: mylife

It is time to impeach.

Well, actually we need to wait till we get the house, but the evidence is overwhelming.


Maybe we DON’T have to wait until November...

See this other thread:

“Obama Beware: The Federal Grand Jury is the 4th Branch of Government & DOES NOT require the Courts”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2457275/posts

and see this website:

http://americangrandjury.org/american-grand-jury-hands-down-indictment-of-fraud-and-treason-against-obama


14 posted on 02/22/2010 11:04:30 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY (I love liberty more than I hate war.)
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To: F15Eagle

“Just a coincidence I’m sure. It couldn’t possibly be brothers-in-alluh helping one another or anything like that.”

I LOVED it...”brothers-in-alluh’, uhuh, nothing to see here, move along, U.S. Justice Dept. attornies defending terrorists EN MASS, nope, nope, nope, nothing to see here, move along......ROFL ROFL ROFL!

Actually, it’s not FUNNY at all, is it?


16 posted on 02/22/2010 11:27:54 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY (I love liberty more than I hate war.)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping!


17 posted on 02/22/2010 11:30:22 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: BIOCHEMKY; BIGLOOK; Liz; Grampa Dave; Candor7; LucyT; neverdem

Eric Holder successfully argued for the pardoning of the FLAN terrorists for Clinton.


18 posted on 02/22/2010 11:35:07 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: F15Eagle

Obama has known Islam on three continents as part of his daily life and he has seen Islam at work first hand on his PREinaugural trip to Europe in 2008.

Note especially the text of Obama’s speeches in Berlin and Cairo, especially, were he was welcomed as a native son; his father’s Muslim ancestors of the Luo tribe migrated out of Egypt to Sudan and across Somalia to Kenya.


20 posted on 02/23/2010 12:23:23 AM PST by BIOCHEMKY (I love liberty more than I hate war.)
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