Back in February, Attorney General Eric Holder had the nerve to call Americans cowards when it came to race. Today, as reported by Bill Kristol, Holder said the following:
In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Eric Holder will say, according to the Associated Press, that “I have every confidence the nation and the world will see him for the coward he is….I’m not scared of what (Mohammed) will have to say at trial and no one else needs to be either.” And, “we need not cower in the face of this enemy. Our institutions are strong, our infrastructure is sturdy, our resolve is firm, and our people are ready.”
Holder is channeling his inner Glenn Greenwald. See this past Saturday, Greenwald believes conservatives are cowards for opposing having KSM and the four other Al Qaeda vermin tried in the civilian courts. This was just after the sock puppet whined about Holder having the U.S.S. Cole terrorists tried by military tribunal (Patterico agreed with Greenwald’s basic premise in that post, about there not being a legal standard for determining who gets tried where, but Patterico points out that the sock puppet gets all the conclusions wrong).
Granted Holder did call KSM a coward, but then decided to add that those who oppose these civilian trials are exhibiting cowardice. Gee, I wonder where Holder got that from?
Naturally, lefties like Sen. Pat Leahy and the despicable Markos Moulitsas picked up on that to spew their own venom, as noted by Sister Toldjah. She adds:
8 years after 9/11, these morons still apparently don’t get it. This has nothing to do with ‘cowering’ in the face of KSM. How dare the Attorney General of the US insinuate that the opposition to holding KSM’s trial in a civilian court has anything to do with being “cowardly”? The issue at hand is what sensitive information will be revealed in a US court of law, since KSM is being tried as a murderer in a civilian court, rather than as a suspected terrorist in a military court.
Not just a suspected terrorist, but an illegal combatant who committed an illegal act of war.
Well, Holder’s false “bravado” was also caught by Andy McCarthy [emphasis from original]:
6. In a civilian trial, America will see KSM for the coward that he is — Holder: “I am not scared of KSM.” Submitting a war criminal to a military commission is not an exercise in fear; it is an exercise in justice. We already know all about what kind of animal KSM is, thanks to the exrtraordinary information that has come out in the military proceedings and the CIA interrogations. You could fill a book a book with it, which the 9/11 Commission did. We don’t need to bear the risks of a civilian trial either to learn more about KSM or so Mr. Holder can show how brave he is.
Holder, and by extension The One, along with all the other lefties like Greenwald and Moulitsas, are the real cowards. After all, it was Holder who said he was the one who decided who gets tried in the civilian courts and who gets tried in the military tribunals, yet never provides a legal justification for any of this either in his original statement last week, his opening statement today before Congress, and I doubt during his testimony. Holder, and especially Greenwald (along with the other leftists), are the real cowards because they are afraid that trying foreign enemy combatants as war criminals for committing illegal acts of war before a military tribunal is somehow a violation of what they call the rule of law and a risk to the civil liberties of the American people, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has upheld the use of the tribunals established by the 2006 Military Commissions Act; only the subsection on habeas corpus was thrown out in Boumediene (invalidly, in my opinion; but that’s for another time). For years, these phony “civil libertarians” have used all kinds of fear-mongering about these tribunals saying they are the death knell of democracy and blah, blah, blah…ignoring the fact that tribunals have been used throughout this nation’s history, and the freedom the American people enjoy is still here (which they also conveeeeniently neglect to mention). They continue with their fear-mongering, putting their own cowardice brightly on display. It is amazing that a lawyer and a prosecutor can’t even lay out his legal reasoning, relying completely on his political ideology and cowardly fear-mongering to make this decision. All Holder and Obama are doing is showing the world how kangaroo courts operate in the United States, not so much for KSM et al., but how they very well could operate for the rest of us. As I’ve said before, Holder might as well have Democrat Mike Nifong prosecute KSM and the terrorist vermin.
Holder also decided to play the victim card with another example of his “blame Bush” routine:
For eight years, justice has been delayed for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It has been delayed even further for the victims of the attack on the USS Cole. No longer. No more delays.
Naturally, Holder neglects to mention that it was his comrades in the ACLU, amongst the phony “civil libertarians”, the federal judiciary (especially the Supreme Court), the law firm Holder used to be a partner at before becoming AG, and The One’s own stoppage of military tribunals earlier this year were the main reason none of the terrorist vermin have been tried yet in any setting. Because that would wreck his own dishonest rhetoric.
So not only is Eric Holder a coward, he’s a liar.