Absolutely Unacceptable

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 3:05 PM

Attorney Eric Holder refuses to rule out subjecting American officials to a foreign court's jurisdiction?  Outrageous beyond words.

In speaking to reporters Wednesday, Holder also said it is possible the United States could cooperate with a foreign court's investigation of Bush administration officials.

Holder spoke before the announcement that a Spanish magistrate had opened an investigation of Bush officials on harsh interrogation methods. Holder didn't rule out cooperating in such a probe.

"Obviously, we would look at any request that would come from a court in any country and see how and whether we should comply with it," Holder said.

"This is an administration that is determined to conduct itself by the rule of law and to the extent that we receive lawful requests from an appropriately created court, we would obviously respond to it," he said.

Pressed on whether that meant the United States would cooperate with a foreign court prosecuting Bush administration officials, Holder said he was talking about evidentiary requests and would review any such request to see if the U.S. would comply.

All the weaselly qualifications about "evidentiary requests" is ridiculous.   The fact is that Eric Holder is implicitly validating the right of a foreign court to prosecute Americans who were acting reasonably within the scope of their authority to try to protect the United States.

So now, not only are the Democrats willing to consider criminalizing policy differences within our own borders.  They're also not willing to reject out of hand the idea that fellow citizens could be subject to prosecution in a foreign country?

Really, really wrong. Outrageous beyond words.   If this happens, you can forget any decent person ever wanting to serve in government again.