Holder Signals New Tactics in Anti-terror Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the latest signal that Barack Obama is
planning to chart a new course in the fight against terrorism.
His nominee to be attorney general, Eric Holder, today
forcefully broke from the Bush administration by declaring that
waterboarding is torture.
During his Senate confirmation hearing, he also said some
Guantanamo Bay detainees will be prosecuted in U.S. courts.
He's also pledging to make changes at the Justice Department
after Bush administration appointees were accused of making hiring
choices based on politics.
Senate questioning has touched on the pardon of fugitive
financier Marc Rich in 2001, when Holder was the No. 2 official at
Justice. Today, he says he should have studied the pardon more.
Holder adds that he has learned from the mistake and would be a
better attorney general because of it.


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  • by Halyn Location: Somerset on Jan 18, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Bravo Mr. Obama...Torture is torture...and torture in the United States is illegal and unconstitutional. Period.
  • by Ray Location: Hampton on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    I think 0bama should man-up on his decision and allow the muslim terrorists at Gitmo to come live with him and his family at the White House. Why not? Apparently they're not dangerous murderers, just 'misunderstood'. Go ahead and 'understand' them, Barry.
  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 16, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay and try them here, get real people this is a dangerous world, if we can get info from these people and save 1000's lives don't you think it is worth it.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 15, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Holder will be leading the charge to pardon these "innocent victims" of the Bush administration. The constitution means nothing to Obama or Holder. I think Terri and Mark need a little waterboarding as well.
  • by Mark on Jan 15, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    I guess we can now have a government that actually lives by the constitution.
  • by Terri on Jan 15, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    What a welcome change an Attorney General with sense and someone who will gain respect from the world communities--long lost by the Bush administration and republicans.

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