Skip to comments.Elian Gonzalez: When Eric Holder Earned His Spurs
Posted on 04/29/2011 9:41:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
The New Black Panther Party threatened Philadelphia voters with billy clubs and Eric Holders justice department couldnt be bothered. CAIR was accused of fundraising for Hamas, and Eric Holder shrugged.
But back when Fidel Castro demanded the return of an escaped slave, Eric Holder snapped to attention, clicked his heels, and sprung to action. It is scrupulous legality, were given to understand by Mr. Holder, that prevents his Department from prosecutions against the New Black Panthers and CAIR.
But regarding scrupulous legality, Fox News Andrew Napolitano had (then Deputy) Attorney General Eric Holders number way back in April 23rd , 2000. Here it is thanks to The Media Research Center:
Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy (Elian Gonzalez)?
Holder: Because we didnt need a court order. INS can do this on its own.
Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.
Holder: We didnt need an order.
Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didnt need one?
Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it. When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order of a judge Unprecedented in American history.
Holder: He was not taken at the point of a gun.
Napolitano: We have a photograph showing he was taken at the point of a gun.
Holder: They were armed agents who went in there who acted very sensitively
Thanks to the ritual MSM-Castroite collusion most people forget (or missed) the crucial legal and ethical details of this circus/tragedy which were mostly established during the first week after Elians rescue at sea, after his heroic mothers drowning. The son-belongs-with-his-father crowd, for instance, missed (with the help of the MSM-Democratic complex) that Elians father was initially delighted that his motherless son was in the U.S. and in the loving arms of his uncles and cousins.
The evidence frantically buried by the MSM-Democratic complex) was overwhelming. Mauricio Vincent, a reporter for Madrid newspaper El Pais, wrote that during that first week hed visited Elians home town of Cardenas and talked with Elians father, Juan Miguel, along with other family members and friends. All confirmed that Juan Miguel had always longed for his son Elian to flee to the United States. Shortly after Elians rescue, his father had even applied for a U.S. visa!
Elians Miami uncle, Lazaro, explained it repeatedly and best: I always said I would turn over Elian to his father, when Juan Miguel would come here and claim him. But I (along with practically everyone with experience under communism from Cambodians to Hungarians and from Lithuanians to Cubans) knew such a thing was impossible. He couldnt do that. I knew it wasnt Juan Miguel requesting Elianit was Fidel.
The legal-weasels forgot (or missed) that on Dec, 1st 1999 the INS asserted that Miami-based uncle Lazaro was indeed Elians legal custodian and Floridas family court indeed the place to arbitrate further issues.
Then on Dec 5th, 1999, Castro clapped his hands and his MSM minions snapped to attention. Within weeks Clintons INS had turned its initial decision on its head. Within months this same INS was kicking down Lazaros door, pummeling camera men and elderly ladies to the ground with jackboots and wrenching a screaming Elian from his legal custodians in a blaze of pepper gas and machine guns. When asked for the legal authority for this, they brandished either a search warrant to seize evidence that didnt exist (and would not have been hidden anyway) or an arrest warrant to seize someone who no one claimed was a criminal or even a lawbreaker.
They never made it clear just what kind of warrant it was. And neither would it have been legal, patiently explained Alan Dershowitz (no less)
So why did Elians father change his tune?
Remember Godfather II? Remember the Senate hearings where Frankie Pentangeli, under FBI protection, was prepared to testify against Michael Corleone? The stage was set. Looked like a done-deal for the Feds. Then Frankie looks up and sees his bewildered brother Vincenzo from Sicily, sitting next to Mikey.
Whoops! Frankie sure changed his tune, didnt he?
Think of Juan Miguel as Frankie Pentangeli. The gun Fidel Castro held to Juan Miguels head was as invisible (to those without experience with Communism) as the one Mikey held to Pentangelis head was to most spectators at those hearings.
Recently Uncle Lazaro Gonzalez, who suffered ten years in Castros dungeons and torture-chambers provided an update: The Castro regime wont allow us to contact the boy and the entire family is forbidden to speak to us. Every time they detect a call from us in Miami, the line drops. Id love to go and see Elián, talk to him. But theyll never let us.
I think that Elian belonged with his father.
By the Cuban Constitution that was Castro. You are such a commie.
#2) Holder and his ilk will never comply with a constitution which in it's main purpose is to restrict the rights of the government over the liberties of the people.
Napolitano: We have a photograph showing he was taken at the point of a gun.
Monty Python did this with Dinsdale 40 years ago.
"I hear he nailed your head to the floor?"
"No! Never! Dinsy never did that!"
"The police have film of Dinsdale nailing your head to the floor."
"Oh. Yeah. He did that. I mean, he had to, didn't he?"
The DEMS — Helping COMMUNISTS since 1960s...
Did you read the article? Humberto Fontova doesn’t lie.
Dems have welcome signs for illegals crossing from Mexico - 'let 'em in, make em' citizens', but when it came to one child from Cuba - a child who's mother died getting him here - dems go ballistic... And the press with them...
Humberto is great, but I believe that Elian belonged with his father.
Absolutely correct. Holder and his ilk with a Marxist like Obama in charge is the very worst possible thing for the country.
Well said. The whole thing was a travesty.
He most certainly did not belong with his father.
...if Castro had issued permission for his father to leave Cuba, then everyone wanted Elian to be with his father.
Still disgusted by the whole deal. Reno and Holder can go to hell.
Surprisingly (to me), that is what the majority of Freepers thought, at the time, at least the ones who posted. I found it strange that they did not understand that the father was nothing more than a pawn used by Castro to force the U.S. to say "uncle" in front of the world. Clinton pretended to offer for the father to move to the U.S., but it was rejected and, of course, not pursued (because Clinton didn't really want to).
What is it with liberals and their inability to play world chess?
Elian’s father agreed and encouraged Elian’s mother to take him to the States. She drowned on the way over.
He was having a very happy childhood with his relatives in the U.S. The adults (uncle, aunts, etc.) couldn’t get enough of him. They loved him very much. He was the king of the house. They even got him a puppy.
Under what rock have you been living under?
The problem is, on one extreme, there is a body of thought that believes the biological parent has absolute custodial authority of a child.
This is often a “counterbalance” to various DHS, DYS or DFS bureaucracies that take children from parents inappropriately. It even goes as far as either tacitly or openly advocating custody with parents who have been repeatedly abusive or neglectful. (Not saying that is the case here)
On the other extreme are the people who hate the institutions of family and parenting, and think “parents are bad for children” (which, as we all know, is occasionally true)
As for this boy, he fell on that gray scale between the two extremes. In my opinion, I don’t think they should have sent him back, his father sounded to me like a lazy deadbeat no-load, who didn’t really care, but only got vocal after the Cuban state became involved.
The young boy unwittingly became a pawn in a nasty situation. Unfortunate for him.
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