Mario Diaz

Holder’s stubborn insistence that terrorists be treated as common criminals defies rational explanation. And this report of omitted Supreme Court briefs takes it to another level. Remember, it has already been reported that at least nine Justice Department officials worked on behalf of alleged terrorists, and at least five others have recused themselves from certain cases because of their former law firms' work for terrorism suspects.

Several reports have surfaced that the White House and DOJ are backing down from trying alleged 9-11 terrorists in civilian court in New York. To make matters worse, they are trying to make a deal for it, much like they did with the recent passage of health care. They apparently want to obtain Republican support for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison because of the pressure they are feeling from left-wing groups for the President to deliver on his campaign promise.

For some reason, Holder just cannot be straightforward with the American people. In a recent hearing he was asked about reading Miranda rights to Osama bin Laden, and he could not bring himself to answer the question. We know his position is that we should read Miranda rights to suspected terrorists, so why not defend the position if that is what he believes?

But no. Instead, he decided to give a rather bizarre answer: “You are talking about a hypothetical that will never occur. We will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. … He will be killed by us, or he will be killed by his own people. …”

The careless comments, once again, prompted great criticism, including a rebuke by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, who said the military’s objective was to try to capture Osama bin Laden alive and “bring him to justice.”

Now, why couldn’t Holder say that?

It seems the mix of Holder’s political views with his legal ideology, and even his advocacy sentiments, cloud his judgment to such an extent that Americans have lost all trust in his abilities to protect America’s interests and keep us safe.

For our country’s sake, it’s time to cut the thread holding Holder at DOJ.

Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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