Skip to comments.U.S. Atty Gen. Holder admits 9 Obama Dept. of Justice appointees worked for terrorist detainees
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)
We report, you decide....
"...one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver...
"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."
It is time to impeach.
Well, actually we need to wait till we get the house, but the evidence is overwhelming.
You’ve GOT to watch the video”
(TRUST ME, WATCH THE WHOLE THING):
“Radical Muslim Activity on a UNITED STATES College Campus” (video)
Perhaps of interest? Nite! ;-)
Yes, I have that and thank you so much for the ping TuneHead54.
A good evening to you.
No free speech is allowed. By Muslims.
No freedom is allowed. By Muslims.
No Israel is allowed. By Muslims.
Whats 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 Ladens driver, and Jennifer Daskal, a former detainee advocate at Human Rights Watch.
In an interview with National Review Online, Grassley fumed. Holders 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 theyre giving constitutional rights to terrorists, he says. Theyre going to regret hiding names. I dont know why theyre 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 its 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 Holders response simultaneously obnoxious and ludicrous, Grassley concludes that without the names and details, we have a reason to question whats really going on here.
02/22 06:02 PMShare
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.
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
The actual letter is available at the following link:
Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call for Rahm Emanuels Resignation
By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 23, 2009 12:17 pm
There, fixed it...
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”
and see this website:
“Just a coincidence Im sure. It couldnt 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?
Eric Holder successfully argued for the pardoning of the FLAN terrorists for Clinton.
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.
Holder is such a freak. Only his puppeteer is scarier.
The “Congressional Progressive Caucus” are domestic terrorists who must be targeted and destroyed as well their allies in the press and academia.
No holds barred, take no prisoners, name names and make these red bastards pay dearly for the consequences of nearly one hundred years of insidious and unrelenting attacks on capitalism and judeo-christian morality.
“When Barry says he has known islam on 3 continents, he almost seems to pause as if he says ...before coming to America.
Theres a very odd pause there, albeit brief. Maybe its an edit. Ill have to look at it again.”
One reason Obama pauses in the statement referred to above is likely because he spent time in Russia (while “in college” at Columbia in NYC, yeh right), which is partially in Europe and partially in Asia.
Amen to that!
Cane ANYONE please answer for me WHY the American poeple are not outraged by the fact that terrorists who are tried in the U.S. courts (like today) keep getting pleas deals OFFERED TO THEM by prosecutors?!
(I know the answer, I just needed to vent.)
It seems incomprehensible that a mere 7 years after 911 Americans voted in a radical muslim loving Jihadist with the alias Barack Hussein Obama.
The war is just beginning!! We best drop the PC crap a defeat this enemy. We need to root out and destroy the Cancer that will kill this nation!!
Start the impeachment process now and make it a key (but not the only key) election plank.
The time is short.
If you REALLY want to get made view this video:
“Radical Muslim Activity on a UNITED STATES College Campus (video)
“Start the impeachment process now and make it a key (but not the only key) election plank.”
You are absolutely right on the mark!
I think if we wait until even the 2010 midterm elections to publically indict Obama for his long, long, long list of crimes, we may not have the freesom to indict him at all.
That’s why i appreciate what Dr. manning is doing along with American Grand Jury:
Looks largely like a Loony Left day:
Our Islamist Envoy
“When his pro-terrorist quotes surfaced, a new White House envoy dismissed them as someone else’s. A recording says otherwise.”
Helpful key word: oic
[Cindy has huge link roundup related to this in post 9]
[and loony drive-by media/entertainment complex ...]
ABC uses lewd pun to promote shows during children’s programming
‘Everyone’s got a heart on’
“It is time to impeach.
Well, actually we need to wait till we get the house, but the evidence is overwhelming.”
Gaining the House does not equal removal from office cf B. Clinton. Only by gaining the Senate can the vote for removal from office be held.
During WWII, Hitler's 1st cousin was the Under Secretary of the War Department. And a nephew of Admiral Yamamoto was the Deputy Secretary of the Navy.
Oh ... hold on ... wait a sec....??? That isn't right?!?
That would have been utterly STOO-PID™
When we establish a majority in the new House of Representatives in November, investigations for impeachment should begin immediately. Spending money not appropriated by Congress (The Anti Deficiency Act, as I recall) made such spending a crime.
"The only way America will ever be defeated by death-worshipping theocrats who've crawled out from under a Dark Ages rock is with the help of the mullahs' fifth column - academia, the media, the judiciary, public education, Hollywood and the Democratic Party.
Of the two suicide cults America confronts, liberalism is by far the more lethal."
-- Don Feder, In The War On Terror, Liberals Are More Dangerous Than Muslims -- A 9/11 meditation, September 19, 2006
Of the two suicide cults America confronts, liberalism is by far the more lethal.”
— Don Feder, In The War On Terror, Liberals Are More Dangerous Than Muslims — A 9/11 meditation, September 19, 2006
GREAT QUOTE - SO SAD - SO TRUE
Thanks for the ping!