Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Campaign 08: More on Eric Holder

Human Events features an interesting piece written by the son of a man who was killed as a result of the terrorist acts of Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN). More specifically, Joseph F. Connor wonders what a person like Eric Holder - who is helping Barack Obama find a VP and is often mentioned as the Nation's next Attorney General - is doing assisting the campaign of Obama at any level.

Connor notes Holder was "a driving force" behind Bill Clinton’s pardons of FALN members. It was FALN's January 24, 1975 bombing at New York City’s historic Fraunces Tavern that claimed the life of Frank Connor and three others. FALN threatened Judge Thomas McMillen’s life during their trial in Chicago and remained unrepentant in prison. Connor observes:
As the deputy attorney general, [Holder] was responsible for signing off on all clemency matters forwarded to the President, and in this case he recommended that clemency be granted -- despite vehement opposition from the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and his own Justice Department ... Indeed, rather than consult with attack victims and their families, Mr. Holder instead met privately with members of Congress and recommended what the FALN members should do to facilitate a grant of presidential clemency.
As a result, Connor asks, "should this man influence a potential VP selection or one day be the nation’s top law enforcement officer?" See Human Events piece here.

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