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Eric Holder The Attorney General learns that even the nation's Top Cop has to play Politics…..

[United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder at home ]

In a humanizing and process piece in today’s New York Times the White House goes about the trying to taking the heat off the decision by Holder and the President to try the Gitmo 5 in the downtown New York City Federal Court House……

The Dog is sure that they both feel a little like they got set-up on this one……The piece intimates that the decision was Attorney general Holder’s to make…..which he did after talking in house and with officials in New York City…..Holder who is from Queens, New York must assuredly thought that the New York City Police Department , the largest U.S. Police Department  (over 30,000 strong ) could certainly handle the security of trial being handled in the city…..and when notified of his decision did in fact step up to the plate……

But the problem was not in the details and logistics…it came after a while in the political sense…..

Mayor Bloomberg , who was happy with the plan,  prestige and money…...began to hear whispers from concerned business people in downtown New York City about the effect of all those closures and lockdowns that would come with the trial…..Those whispers began to become loud and vocal when those people realized that a trial could take up to a year……and as the fact of the trial sank in people, even those not in the city….began to get scared……

The trial itself was always a political decision…Obama promised it as a delineation from his administration from George Bush’s (that divination is almost completely gone in respect to Iraq and Afghanistan)

And so New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg did a 180 in public a little while ago and turned the issue on its head and gave the Republican’s yet another weapon to throw at the Obama administration…..

To be fair…..Eric Holder is a Cabinet Secretary…he gets a bit of a pass because of the Gonzalez US Attorney hiring scandal…..but all major decisions initiated by the Administration have political sides and Holder has found this out the hard way….so far the say says he’s resiresisitedsited get ting a White House political person in stalled (I think of the old Russian policy from Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October ) but the  fact is….in a little while there most certainly will be one in place……the White House simply cannot afford having Holder make a political mistake before Obama reelection start-up…..even if Holder has the law on his side…..He still serves at the pleasure of the President and the President surely wants another term…..

Here’s the link for the piece which starts off like this….. ………

Last winter, when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called the United States a “nation of cowards” for avoiding frank conversations on race, President Obama mildly rebuked him in public.

Out of view, Mr. Obama’s aides did far more. Rahm Emanuel and Jim Messina, the White House chief and deputy chief of staff, proposed installing a minder alongside Mr. Holder to prevent further gaffes — someone with better “political antennae,” as one administration official put it.

When he heard of the proposal at a White House meeting, Mr. Holder fumed; soon after, he confronted his deputy, David W. Ogden, who knew of the plan but had not alerted his boss, according to several officials. Mr. Holder fought off the proposal, signaling that his job was about the law, not political messaging.

A year later, he is no longer so certain. His most important plan — to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, in federal court in Manhattan — collapsed before it even began, after support from the public and local officials withered.

Now Mr. Holder has switched from resisting what he had considered encroachment by White House political officials to seeking their guidance. Two weeks ago, he met with advisers there to discuss how to unite against common foes. They agreed to allow Mr. Holder, who has not appeared on a Sunday talk show since entering office, to speak out more; he agreed to let them help hone his message.

The political attacks over terrorism cases were “starting to constrain my ability to function as attorney general,” he said in an interview last week. “I have to do a better job in explaining the decisions that I have made,” Mr. Holder also said, adding, “I have to be more forceful in advocating for why I believe these are trials that should be held on the civilian side.”

But now Mr. Holder is in the awkward position of pushing for an approach that he acknowledges he would accept defeat on. The administration hopes to announce a new venue for the Sept. 11 trial within three weeks, he said last Tuesday. But Congress could pass legislation requiring that Mr. Mohammed be tried by a military commission, or Mr. Obama himself could change direction.

“You always have to be flexible,” Mr. Holder said, allowing that justice could be served in a commission trial, too, and praising generals who “adapt their game plans” as the situation changes.

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February 15, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Eric Holder the man that defended Bobby Hanssen in Bob’s assault case

    My friend from my college days was the best friend of his son in their youth

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 15, 2010 | Reply

    • and I worked with Holder’s Brother here in NY…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 15, 2010 | Reply

      • now all WE have to do is find our LINK to Bob Dole and WE can figure out how WE ended up computer mates

        Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 15, 2010

  2. who cares?

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 15, 2010 | Reply

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