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Archive for April 16th, 2010

Atty. Gen. Holder Continues to Push Back Against Military-Only Trials for Terrorists

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. continues to bark back at critics who want all foreign terrorism suspects to be prosecuted in military courts.

In a speech Thursday in Washington he said proposed legislation in the Senate to require such a policy would “seriously harm our national security”, the Washington Post reported.

“The proposal by some respected leaders in Congress to ban completely the use of civilian courts in prosecutions of terrorism-related activity obscures some basic facts and allows campaign slogans to overtake legal reality,” Holder said at an awards dinner for the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal advocacy group, according to the Washington Post.

Wrongfully Accused Anthrax Suspect Steven Hatfill Breaks Silence: “Now I really Don’t Trust Anything”

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News
WASHINGTON — Steven J. Hatfill, the scientist wrongfully accused of being the anthrax killer, has broken his silence in interviews with NBC’s “Today” show and The Atlantic magazine.

“I learned a couple things,” Hatfill told “Today” host Matt Lauer this morning. “The government can do to you whatever they want. They can break the laws, federal laws, as they see fit. … You can’t turn laws on and off as you deem fit.

“I used to be somebody that trusted the government. Now I really don’t trust anything,” said Hatfill, who had worked at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md.
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Is Today’s Anti-Government Movement Similar to the Pre-Oklahoma Bombing Era?

Federal Building in Oklahoma at time of explosion/fbi photo

Federal Building in Oklahoma at time of explosion/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Is  the Tea Party and other anti-government movements mirroring  the sentiments of the nation before the Oklahoma bombing 15 years ago?

USA Today reports that some see parallels.

“It feels a lot like the run-up to Oklahoma City,” Mark Potok, Intelligence Project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks U.S. hate groups, told USA Today. “Will we see another Oklahoma City? Nobody can really say.”

USA Today wrote that “in the months before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing…militias and “patriot” groups burst into the vanguard of a seething anti-government campaign, fueled by anger over the Clinton administration’s push for landmark gun-control legislation and federal officers’ aggressive tactics in high-profile standoffs with groups such as the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.”

Then April 19, 1995, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Edward P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that the militia organizations has dramatically grown in the last year.

“This is a broader-based and deeper kind of movement. Today, their ideas have penetrated into the mainstream,” Potok told USA Today.

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