Holder’s Senate Nomination Fight Reveals 'Dark Side' of American Justice

By Sam Johns

WASHINGTON (BNW) —
The U.S. Senate’s sometime volatile confirmation hearings of Eric Holder as attorney general revealed the ‘Dark Side’ of America’s jurisprudence that may come out. The Senate voted 75-21 to place him in charge of the Department of Justice, while some Southern senators are afraid that a way-of-life is threatened when the chief American law enforcement officer is not a white person.

The chances were clear that the Status Quo was on the line, when Obama nominated Holder. Hopefully he can fix a system that is either too incompetence or too racist to give a Black man justice. Don’t take my word for it, go to any criminal court in this country and you will see justice rigged against Blacks.

All of the judges are white! All the prosecutors are white, with a racist manner! Your lawyer is probably white and hates you! The jury is all white, except for a few Toms! And, it’s about the money and you ain’t got none. Ergo, that’s the reason Black men, while only representing 6% of American civilian population, represents 75% (sic) of the prison populations. Is this an outrage for a democracy, or what?.

The 'Status Quo' has poisoned the well in our criminal courts system. Eric Holder is a former federal prosecutor and served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, so, he knows where all the bodies are buried.

His confirmation makes him the first African-American confirmed to the post, though he held the job on an acting basis in early 2001. But there is no comparison with acting Attorney General and Attorney General when it comes to enforcing justice in the American courts. He can investigate these crooked courts across this country and bring something near to justice for Blacks.

Monday's vote leaves him set to take over a Justice Department battered by a series of controversies during the Bush administration, from questions about how it laid legal groundwork for harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists to the sackings of top federal prosecutors in several cities.

"There's a big job to do, and it's going to be Mr. Holder's duty to turn this department around and restore its credibility," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

During confirmation hearings, Republicans questioned his role in former President Bill Clinton's widely criticized last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and questioned whether he would be independent of the White House.

Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, Arlen Specter was hot enough to fuck! He and Holder had a heated exchange when Spector questioned Holder's "fitness" for the office.

Holder shot back that Specter was "getting close to the line in questioning my integrity," and Specter ultimately backed off and said he would support the nomination.

Another racialist, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, cited the pardons and what he called Holder's insufficient support for gun rights as a Red Herring in opposing the nomination.

"Mr. Holder is supportive of old ideas for gun control that have never made people safer at the expense of taking away their rights," Bunning said.

The Republicans appeared hypocritical in their opposition of Holder but not condemning Stupid Bush’s commutation of the prison term facing ex-White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to federal agents probing the 2003 disclosure of a CIA agent's identity.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pointed out that the chamber's Republican membership backed Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who was forced out in late 2007.

"I don't recall any Republicans objecting to that," said Leahy, D-Vermont. "Instead, they're objecting to something President Clinton did. I don't want to suggest in any way that the objections are partisan, but they certainly aren't consistent."

All 21 of the "no" votes were from Republican racialist, but more than a dozen GOP senators joined Democrats in confirming Holder. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Missouri, said Holder convinced him he would be "looking forward to keeping the nation safe."

Bond, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, raised concerns that the administration would seek to prosecute U.S. officials involved in using what the Bush administration called "alternative" interrogation techniques, measures critics said involved the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

Holder unambiguously called the use of waterboarding against suspected terrorists a form of torture that violated the Geneva Conventions, but he has said that prosecuting intelligence officials who followed Justice Department guidance would be "difficult."

Bond said that while Holder's answer focused on U.S. officials who were following the administration's legal advice, "I told him, and I believe he understood, that trying to prosecute these lawyers or political leaders would generate a political firestorm." Eric Holder as attorney general Monday, voting 75-21 to place him in charge of the Department of Justice.

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