Holder as AG

November 19, 2008

Glenn Greenwald leans positive on Holder at DoJ:

“The bulk of what I’ve read about and from Holder suggests, with a couple of ultimately marginal exceptions, that this appointment would be a very positive step. Digby yesterday quoted at length from an impassioned speech Holder gave in June of this year in which he condemned Guantanamo as an ‘international embarrassment’; charged that ‘for the last 6 years the position of leader of the Free World has been largely vacant’; complained that ‘we authorized torture and we let fear take precedence over the rule of law’; and called for an absolute end both to rendition and warrantless eavesdropping. He proclaimed that ‘the next president must move immediately to reclaim America’s standing in the world as a nation that cherishes and protects individual freedom and basic human rights.’
What’s notable about this speech, in my view, is that the points he’s making go well beyond standard Democratic Party boilerplate on these issues. More revealingly, the rhetoric he used is rather unconstrained for Washington, suggestive of actual passion and conviction on these matters. As Hilzoy put it, the speech is notable ‘not just for the position he takes, but for his forthrightness and lack of equivocation.'”

Read the whole thing here.


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