Friday, February 5, 2010

What's The Holdup, Eric?

Have you noticed that Obama has recently started to boast that his administration is the most transparent Presidency ever? That he reveals all? Please. What he means by transparency is that the White House website lists the number of times George Clooney has visited the Oval Office. Not the sort of transparency we can believe in, no?

Every time the President crows about transparency in government, please remember this:

Three months ago, Steadman, I mean Eric Holder, testified before the Senate to defend the indefensible: the granting of full constitutional rights, including the right to a civilian/criminal trial, to the terrorists held @ GITMO.

During his deer in the headlights testimony, Holder was asked by Senator Grasserly to provide the names of the Justice Department lawyers who prior to joining the Justice Department, represented terrorists held in Gitmo. Steadman hemmed & hawed and said he would "consider the request."

It's been three months, and the names of these federal prosecutors have still not been made public by the Obama Administration.

Don't you think we have a right to know who these lawyers are? And what role they played in the decision that led to terrorists being granted the same constitutional rights as American citizens? Upon joining the Justice Department were these DOJ lawyers properly blocked from being involved in terrorist cases?

Here is exactly what Grasserly asked Holder:

This prior representation, I think, creates a conflict of interest problem for these individuals,” Grassley said, adding, “I want to know more about who is advising you on these decisions.” Grassley asked Holder to give the committee “the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf…the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department…and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department.”
Again, its been three months, and Holder still has not provided this information.

Maybe he should change his name to Eric Withholder.

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