Friday, January 16, 2009

"Pardon" me?

Remember back 8 or some odd years ago when Bill Clinton made some questionable pardons, one of the most controversial being Marc Rich, and the second being the terrorist organization known as FALN. Everyone said that there was nothing that could be done, that it did not matter because Clinton was leaving office and it would never affect him. Now fast forward to Friday January 16, 2009, 10:03am EST, the Light Bearer has long since nominated a man named Eric Holder to be Attorney, and now the confirmation hearing is under way. Now I have been watching the proceedings off and on, and the one thing that keeps coming up is the fact that Holder had the last and only word on approving the pardon of Marc Rich and brokered the deal with Switzerland to meet these ends.

During questioning yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter asked Holder about his involvement in the pardons. Holder said that he knew that Rick was a corrupt fugitive but that he did not know the extent of the crimes that Rich had committed. Today people testified on Holder's behalf, and Fmr. FBI Director Louis Freeh said that Holder was also unaware of the full extent of the crimes.

What about FALN? Surely Holder had to know about the terrorist group named FALN, the same group who was responsible for more than 120 bombings on American soil between 1974 and 1983. Eric Holder was the one who recommended, in fact he was the architect, of the clemency of 16 of the FALN terrorists. Yesterday Eric Holder denied much knowledge about what FALN had done, including the video tapes of FALN making bombs and the threat of the life of and the judge who convicted the terrorists. This much we do know about this situation, the terrorists did not ask for clemency, and in fact they did not want it, these terrorists were unrepentant. Eric Holder did not speak with the families of the victims of these attacks to try to understand what happened either. Eric Holder released 16 terrorists from prison to be free in American society.

Why than would we want Eric Holder as Attorney General, when he pardons notorious criminals, and on his admission, does not know much about the cases or the crimes committed by these people? Do we really think that it is wise to have an Attorney General with a track record of pardoning terrorists when we have other terrorists currently in our custody?

I am sorry Mr. Holder, but you are unfit to be the Attorney General of the United States. You pardoned 16 terrorists and claimed ignorance of their crimes and yet we are supposed to believe you can successfully carry out the duties of Attorney General? I do not believe so.

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