Discussion in 'Politics' started by Annie, Nov 18, 2008.
The Corner on National Review Online
More on the Rich pardon, where the outrage wasn't just from the Republicans:
Pajamas Media Â» Why Obama Should Think Twice About Another Clinton Retread
Who do you think Bush will pardon on his way out the door?
Barack Obama picks Eric Holder as first black attorney general - Telegraph
This guy sounds good. This is excellent, strong stuff. Not wishy washy at all.
No more torture. No more illegal wiretapping. No warrantless search and seizure. Close Gitmo. I can get down with that.
Calling Guantanamo Bay an "international embarrassment," Eric H. Holder, Jr., one of the two remaining appointees on Barack Obama's vice presidential search team, said the next president must close the detention facility and transfer prisoners to military prisons.
In a speech given Friday evening to the American Constitution Society convention in Washington, D.C., Holder charged, "For the last 6 years the position of leader of the Free World has been largely vacant."
We have squandered one of our greatest strengths as a nation," Holder said, taking a partisan swipe at the Bush administration.
He insisted it was disgraceful that the Supreme Court "had to order the president to treat detainees in accord with the Geneva Convention."
In the months and years since 9/11, the Bush administration took many steps that were excessive and unlawful," Holder continued. "We authorized torture and we let fear take precedence over the rule of law, as we overreacted to perceived danger."
In addition to closing Gitmo, Holder insisted the next president should:
* Declare without qualification a policy that the United States will not torture political detainees, engage in forced interrogations or submit people to degrading treatment in prison;
* End all programs, covert or otherwise, to transfer detainees to nations that practice torture;
* Stop domestic search and seizures without warrant and end wiretapping of citizens.
"We have lost our way before," Holder told the 350 attendees at the Friday evening session. "Now we must step back into the shining path envisioned by our founding fathers in such icons of liberty as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
"There is evil in the world and we face grave threats to our national security," Holder admitted, "but we must reclaim our moral leadership by no longer letting fear rule our reactions."
That in no way excuses Clinton's pardons. And vice versa.
Those are nice too.
Probably Libby and those two Border Patrol Agents.
I dont think anyone can outdo Pres Bush for worst AG picks ever, Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez?
pardons which included two Weather Underground terrorists, whose lengthy terrorism sentences were commuted
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