Theodore's World: Obama Nominee for Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, Says 9/11 Attacks Not Acts of War

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June 16, 2010

Obama Nominee for Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, Says 9/11 Attacks Not Acts of War

Obama Nominee for Deputy Attorney General Says 9/11 Attacks Not Acts of War, Likens Them to Domestic Crimes of Murder, Rape


Obama has nominated a man to be the number two person in the Department of Justice who does NOT believe the September 11 attacks were acts of war. Instead, nominee James Cole made it clear in an op-ed back in 2002 that he sees the attacks as domestic “criminal acts”:

Despite a resolution by Congress authorizing war against those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama’s nominee to be the number two official at the Justice Department, James Cole, wrote an op-ed in 2002 likening the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to the domestic crimes of murder, rape and child abuse, while arguing that the attackers ought to be treated like domestic criminals.

“But the attorney general is not a member of the military fighting a war–he is a prosecutor fighting crime,” Cole wrote in a Sept. 9, 2002 article in Legal Times that critiqued the way then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft was handling the 9/11 case.

“For all the rhetoric about war, the Sept. 11 attacks were criminal acts of terrorism against a civilian population, much like the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh in blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City, or of Omar Abdel-Rahman in the first effort to blow up the World Trade Center,” said Cole. “The criminals responsible for these horrible acts were successfully tried and convicted under our criminal justice system, without the need for special procedures that altered traditional due process rights
“Our country has faced many forms of devastating crime, including the scourge of the drug trade, the reign of organized crime, and countless acts of rape, child abuse, and murder. The acts of Sept. 11 were horrible, but so are these other things,” Cole wrote in his op-ed.
Cole did concede in his Legal Times piece that an “arguable difference” between domestic rape, child abuse and murder and the 9/11 attacks was that foreign organizations and perhaps even countries were involved in the latter. “But we have never treated such influences as a basis for ignoring the core constitutional protections ingrained in our criminal justice system.”

The group 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America opposes Cole’s confirmation.

“Mr. Cole has gone on record opposing military commissions for any detainees, stating that military commissions are an inferior form of justice which do not provide defendants with adequate due process protections,” said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of the group, in a statement. “In light of the fact that the Obama administration continues to drag its feet on an announcement regarding the forum and venue for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other admitted 9/11 conspirators, Mr. Cole's nomination is an alarming signal. The public is overwhelmingly opposed to holding these trials in New York federal court. Clearly, the administration needs to hear from us again."


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

May God DAMN these people to eternal hell.

Obama is catering to the Muslims in full public view.He is blatant in doing so.

“The Confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed” CLICK to see VIDEO

SNIPPET: “CAUTION: This video contains an extremely grisly sequence.”

Posted by Wild Thing at June 16, 2010 05:48 AM


How many attacks must we suffer before these friggin assholes begin to realize, yes they are here to kill us and when they want to take out the whole country THAT IS AN ACT OF WAR.

Posted by: mark at June 16, 2010 04:07 PM

I bet this clown thinks the same thing about Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: BobF at June 16, 2010 08:32 PM