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A.G. pick breaks from Bush on torture

January 16, 2009

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— With just three words, Attorney General-designate Eric Holder capped years of angry debate over U.S. counterterrorism policy and declared a major break from the Bush administration.

“Waterboarding is torture,” said Holder, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to run the Justice Department.

Holder’s blunt response to the first question at his confirmation hearing Thursday was one that many on the Senate Judiciary Committee had sought after years of frustrating nonanswers on the subject from Attorney General Michael Mukasey and his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales.

The 57-year-old former prosecutor, who would become the nation’s first black attorney general, pledged to shut down the U.S. naval prison in Cuba in part by sending detainees to trial in the United States, and restore the Justice Department’s reputation of independence from political interference.

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bondmen 6 years, 1 month ago

"After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Holder pushed for more gun control and greater restrictions on gun shows, even though the terrorists were armed with box cutters that could be purchased at any hardware store.Just last year, Holder joined Janet Reno and 11 other former Justice Department officials in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court arguing in favor of the gun ban in Washington D.C.The Holder/Reno brief also took the position that the Second Amendment protects a collective government right, not an individual right.Dear Senator,Barack Obama's selection of Eric Holder for U.S. Attorney General is unacceptable to gun owners.Eric Holder supports a three day waiting period for gun purchases, licensing and registration of all gun owners, driving gun shows into extinction, and much more.I urge you to vote "NO" on the Holder nomination."http://gunowners.org/a011309.htm

madameX 6 years, 1 month ago

What's wrong with licensing and registration? You need it for a potentially deadly if used carelessly item like a car, why not a potentially deadly if used carelessly item like a gun? I have no problem with gun ownership in general, but I'd rather know that the people who choose to own guns understand and are capable of handling that kind of responsibility.

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