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Targeting the Holder Witch Hunt

Friday, August 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Newt Gingrich targets Eric Holder’s outrageous decision to make a second run at prosecuting national security officials who, in the aftermath of 9/11, interrogated al Qaeda terrorists. Key graphs:

But here is the crucial fact for Holder: All of the allegations of unauthorized methods – all of them – have already been carefully evaluated by career prosecutors. These were legal officials who, unlike Holder, do not owe their jobs to any partisan political figure.

Impartial prosecutors evaluated 20 incidents of unauthorized activity and decided against taking legal action in all cases but one. In that one case, in which a contract employee attacked a terrorist detainee with a metal flashlight, the contractor was found guilty. His case was appealed and his conviction upheld.

In other words, justice was done.

But apparently for Holder, justice under a Republican administration doesn’t mean the same thing as justice under a Democratic administration.

On the day the report was released, CIA Director Leon Panetta – himself an Obama appointee – protested that the CIA received “multiple written assurances its methods were lawful.”

The report reveals that the men and women of the CIA not only worked diligently to develop and adhere it these methods, but that their work also yielded intelligence that saved lives.

Never mind. There’s a new sheriff in town.

Holder, uniquely duty-bound to uphold the law, has disregarded the law as applied by his predecessors because he disagrees with their politics.

Read the whole thing. This witch hunt is and should be profoundly unpopular with the American people because it endangers them by damaging the morale of the CIA and impairing the willingness of interrogators now and in the future to trust the guidance they are given.

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