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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder on hot seat about sending 9/11 trials to NYC: 'We need not cower in the face of this enemy'

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder defends decision to hold 9_11 trials in New York City
It was a hearing in which both sides gave as good as they got.

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Alabama's Jeff Sessions, criticized Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. for deciding to hold the trials of alleged 9/11 plotters in New York City, calling the move "dangerous, misguided and unnecessary" because it would put the city at greater risk and give Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the attacks, a platform.

But Holder, noting the long and successful record of New York prosecutors in managing terrorism trials, scoffed at that, insisting that the defendants' "hateful ideologies" will be no louder in civilian court than before a military commission. Noting that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Chief Ray Kelly think the city can be protected during the trial, Holder said:

I have every confidence that the presiding judge will ensure appropriate decorum. And if Khalid Shaikh Mohammed makes the same statements he made in his military commission proceedings, I have every confidence the nation and the world will see him for the coward he is. I'm not scared of what Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will have to say at trial, and no one else needs to be either. 

The attorney general also took a swipe at the George W. Bush administration, saying, "For eight years justice has been delayed for the 9/11 attacks. No more delay. It is time; it is past time to finally act." 

In short, said the attorney general, "we need not cower in the face of this enemy."

 -- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

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Hey Eric Holder and Obama, Khalid Sheik Mohammad killed 3,000 plus on 911 and your worried about reading him his Miranda rights? Next thing you'll be granting him and Bin Laden amnesty!

Soon Eric Holder will join the ranks of Van Jones, Anita Dunn and Rev. Wright!

"It was a hearing in which both sides gave as good as they got."

Well then it's a sad day for America if that's the best our Attorney General's got. He was ill-informed and could not respond to critically important questions. Besides Holder still needs to come to grips with the old Eric Holder; the one who said in 2002, "It seems to me that given the way in which they have conducted themselves, however, that they are not, in fact, people entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention."

And then again, this is the same Holder who successfully defended Chiquita Banana against charges from the Colombia government that Chiquita funded right wing terrorists responsible for the deaths of thousands.

He's quite a guy, this Holder fellow. He just needs a sense of us - he's got himself down pat.

Georgia

'What could Holder possibly be thinking?'

That, while prosecuting the 9/11 defendents, no one will bring him to task for failing to investigate and prosecute the Mexican Government for registering voters for U.S. elections --- as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. DOJ's Civil Rights Division was notified last July 4th with full proofs soon following.

The Geneva Convention protects soldiers, not terrorist!!!
KSM is an out and out terrorist!!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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