Holder’s scold­ing

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you said no. When the civil rights of Amer­i­cans were tram­pled on by mem­bers of the Black Pan­thers at the vot­ing place, you let the of­fend­ers get away. de­tainees, in­clud­ing Jose Padilla’s al­leged ac­com­plice and an­other de­tainee who re­port­edly killed an Amer­i­can diplo­mat.” spon­sor­ship of of­fi­cial leave time for em­ploy­ees to at­tend a speech by highly par­ti­san, self-de­scribed “vet­eran Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal strate­gist” Donna Brazile. Or his highly politi­cized re­fusal to release memos show­ing the pos­i­tive re­sults of ter­ror­ist in­ter­ro­ga­tions af­ter re­leas­ing the de­scrip­tions of those in­ter­ro­ga­tions.

Per­haps most ou­tra­geous of all, and di­rectly con­trary to ear­lier ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sur­ances, Mr. Holder re­port­edly has or­dered that high-value de­tainees cap­tured and held in Afghanistan be pro­vided Mi­randa rights. In his open­ing re­marks at the June 17 hear­ing, he an­nounced that his depart­ment’s “num­ber one pri­or­ity” is “to close Guan­tanamo.”

This is the man who over­sees the whole sys­tem of do­mes­tic law en­force­ment, and his first pri­or­ity is to close a mil­i­tary de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity in Cuba. Clearly, Mr. Holder’s pri­or­i­ties are out of whack.

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