Theodore's World: Eric Holder: Terrorists and Osama Bin Laden Have Same Rights As Charles Manson

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March 17, 2010

Eric Holder: Terrorists and Osama Bin Laden Have Same Rights As Charles Manson


Attorney General Eric Holder told a congressional panel Tuesday that the question of reading Osama bin Laden his Miranda rights is absurd – because he won’t be brought in alive.

“Let’s deal with reality,” Holder said. “You’re talking about a hypothetical that will never occur. We will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Obama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. That’s the reality….He will be killed by us or he will be killed by his own people, so he’s not captured by us. We know that.”

Holder’s comments came during a hearing where Holder and a Republican congressman debated whether bin Laden and notorious killer Charles Manson deserved the same legal rights.

During a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, Holder invoked Manson to counter Republican arguments that the administration wanted to stage civilian trials that would give alleged 9/11 plotters the same Constitutional rights afforded to the average American.

“These defendants, many of whom are charged with murder, would be treated just like any other murder defendants,” Holder said with evident exasperation. “The comparison….the question is: Are they being treated the way any other murderer would be? They have the same rights Charles Manson would have.”

While Holder thought the Manson comparison would make Americans feel more comfortable with the idea of civilian trials for terrorism suspects, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) disagreed and sensed an opening.

“Osama bin Laden, in your opinion, has the same rights as Charles Manson?” a dubious Culberson asked.

“That’s incredible,” Culberson replied. “The disconnect between this administration and your mind-set is so completely opposite that of where the vast majority of the American people are,” he said, arguing that disagreement with the Obama administration’s terrorism prosecution policy drove the recent victory of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).


Wild Thing's comment.......

Holder has no business being AG.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 17, 2010 06:44 AM


Drop that black bastard into Rwanda alone and let's see if he still thinks all people have the same rights.

Posted by: Jack at March 17, 2010 09:15 AM

This whole obama administration is like a far out episode of The Twilight Zone. Yes, I hope bin Laden is killed rather than captured. But who knows? Who predicted that Sadam Hussein would be captured instead of killed? Or Noriega?.Holder is an extreme leftist nut case.

Posted by: TomR at March 17, 2010 10:08 AM

Jack, DITTO that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 17, 2010 06:47 PM

Tom, good example it sure is like Twilight Zone.

Obama would probably get deathly ill if he had to have good peoople around him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 17, 2010 06:50 PM