Holder: Terrorism-Case Critics Shun Facts To Score Political Points


Answering criticism that it’s a sigh of weakness to try terrorism suspects in civilian courts, Attorney General Eric Holder tells the New Yorker that “the quest for justice [is] toughness.” He adds, “We'll fight our enemies, and we'll do that which is necessary, and we won't turn our backs on the values and traditions that have made this country great. That is what is tough.”

Regarding criticism of the Justice Department’s handling of Christmas Day bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Holder says, “What we did is totally consistent with what has happened in every similar case” since 9/11. “There's a desire to ignore the facts to try to score political points. It's a little shocking.”

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