John Ransom

I want to see Eric Holder’s subpoena for the intelligence data collected at the assassination site of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Holder says that the data is a “treasure trove” of information that he’s busy going through in order to keep America safe.

I want to see the judicial ruling Barack Obama used for ordering the death sentence to be carried out on bin Laden that Holder has ruled lawful.

I don’t want to talk about these things as a part of a legal theory. I want to actually see them, and hold them in my hand, because people’s lives- citizens’ lives- and their careers are at stake.  

“As the whole of America takes a bin Laden victory lap,” writes Daniel Henninger in  Wall Street Journal, “let us pause to remember some of this celebrated event's most forgotten men: the Central Intelligence Agency officers who sit under the cloud of a criminal investigation begun in 2009 by Attorney General Eric Holder into their interrogations of captured terrorists.”

Under Eric Holder’s view of the law, at least as he expressed it a few weeks ago when he reluctantly gave up the idea of trying terrorists in civilian court, bin Laden had the right to remain silent.

He had the right to an attorney, Holder said. If he could not afford an attorney he had the right to have one appointed for him. He lectured Congress about all this.

Eric Holder just told bin Laden a few weeks ago, in a public press conference, furthermore, that he had the right to have his attorney present when he was being questioned.

Apparently in the interim, however, Holder changed his mind. Maybe he just came up lame trying to keep up with his boss’ victory lap.

Perhaps he changed his mind because if the prosecution of the CIA officials goes forward, Holder will be bound to add Obama to the list to be prosecuted if he wishes the legal theory he has been advancing to remain consistent. 

Under Holder’s view, terrorists should be treated just like criminals. In fact, Holder’s theory, as expressed a few weeks ago, says that we had no right to be on Pakistani soil to begin with.

“If it were a law enforcement operation,” legal scholar John Yoo told me “we would have needed the Pakistani's permission. Which I am sure we didn't have.”

Everything after that had to be illegal under Holder’s system, then.        

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.