Bill Amendment Gives AG Holder Authority to Decide Who is a Terrorist Obamas Attorney General, Eric Holder, may soon have the power to classify millions of Americans as domestic terrorists. An amendment to H.R. 2647 (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010), introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, would grant Holder absolute authority to decide who is a terrorist. featured stories Bill Amendment Gives AG Holder Authority to Decide Who is a Terrorist Scheuer featured stories Bill Amendment Gives AG Holder Authority to Decide Who is a Terrorist Holder would have the ability to determine what groups and organizations are of a violent, extremist nature. Hastings amendment follows the template advanced by the Department of Homeland Securitys infamous Rightwing Extremism report. In the report, DHS argued that white supremacists and antigovernment activists are recruiting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to engage in terrorist violence. Section 524, the amendment proposed by Hastings, prohibits the recruitment, enlistment, or retention of persons associated or affiliated with groups associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States government (see PDF of the amendment). The amendment would give Holder the authority to determine what persons are associated or affiliated with hate groups. In addition to groups or organizations that espouse or engage in acts of violence against other groups or minorities based on ideals of hate, ethnic supremacies, white supremacies, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or other bigotry ideologies, the amendment specifies groups and individuals that espouse an intention or expectation of armed revolutionary activity against the United States Government, or the violent overthrow of the United States Government.