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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

For a wimpy President, a wimpy attorney general

Nobody ever spoils the bankers' party.

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And don't forget that Holder is also doing nothing about Jon Corzine, who presided over the loss of $1 billion dollars in client funds.

Yeah, but those guys' days are numbered, what with Romney and Ryan coming to town.

This administration has plenty of time to prosecute *some* people--mostly whistle-blowers. What do you think of their priorities?

"Holder’s non-decision on Goldman is more than unsurprising. It amounts to an official announcement that the government is no longer in the business or prosecuting smart criminals. It’s pathetic. The one thing you pay any lawyer to have is balls, and our nation’s top attorney has none."

Hey now, Hey now! Where would all the drug dealers go to launder their profits if we start throwing the banksters in jail?

I mean you don't send massive amounts of arms to a hand-picked Mexican drug cartel if you don't expect a nice kick-back.

Is it any worse than Fast & Furious? Although I wouldn't call that wimpy.

No surprise, but not wimpy -- just very darkly entwined, and another of the colony of hand-picked former Clintonites that infest Obama's Administration:

Fronting for Paramilitaries: Holder, Chiquita and Colombia
by MARIO A. MURILLO, Nov. 19, 2008

Notable excerpt:

Although no final decision has been made, the New York Times reports that the President-elect’s transition team has signaled to Eric H. Holder Jr., a senior Clinton Justice Department official, that he will be selected as the next attorney general. Holder helped lead the team that selected Sen. Joe Biden as Obama’s VP choice.

Most news accounts about the pending appointment seem to be limiting their criticism of Holder to one of his final acts as President Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general in 2001. At the time, on the last day of Clinton’s term, Holder apparently said he was "neutral, leaning toward favorable" for a presidential pardon for Marc Rich, the wealthy commodities dealer whose ex-wife, Denise, was a major donor to the Democratic Party. Clinton’s pardon of the tax-evading Rich was criticized as politically motivated, leading to a congressional investigation over the matter.

What is not being discussed too much, and was not even mentioned in today’s New York Times report, is Holder’s key role in defending Chiquita Brands International in a notorious case relating to the company’s funneling money and weapons to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, AUC, the right-wing paramilitary organization on the U.S. State Department’s own list of terrorist organizations.

Well, you do know these guys are FOOs--Friends Of Obama. They are his money men.

So funny what happens as we grow older. I can remember the high mettle verging on rage I felt about Ashcroft announcing he would prosecute Oregon physicians for assisted suicide, and block over the counter access to Plan B/morning after pill.

Funny, 9/11 happened, but it took some time for priorities to shift in the psyche. Birth control seems less important than than the living specter of gender enslavement looming from the Wahhabi threat. Protecting the border seems more important than legally sanctioning doctors to do what they have done since time immemorial, which is to help patients die comfortably. (Caveat, not all doctors were equal in their helpfulness to their patients at the end of life. Sad, but true). Protecting the country from financial instability seems more important than passing equal-pay legislation.

Everyntime I see Holder, Ashcroft looks more benign. Holder strikes me as someone who lies and obfuscates every time he opens his mouth, which projects like a snout from a visage that bears a remarkable resemblance to a rat's.

Gaye Harris: I could not agree more with every word. Meese was horrible; Ashcroft was an abomination; and I have become convinced that Eric Holder is probably the worst AG in my lifetime. And Obama (for whom I voted) the biggest fraud and disappointment.

Where is Alberto Gonzales when we really need him?

I think he's busy covering up war crimes.

Holder's a loyal dude and loyal dudes do what they're told. A good, but best forgotten example is Janet Reno.

Echoing D. E. Gilmore, "Befehl sind Befehl".
(Orders are orders, and must be obeyed.)

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