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Holder Markup Postponed

By Carrie A. Johnson
The markup on the nomination of Attorney General designee Eric H. Holder Jr. was postponed this morning after lawmakers cited conflicting schedule issues related to today's National Prayer Service.

Holder underwent a grueling day -long confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday in which he signaled a sharp break from the Bush-era Justice Department in hiring and policy issues such as corporate crime, civil rights and national security.

Legislative aides said this morning that Holder is still expected to win confirmation without a hitch after at least two prominent GOP lawmakers, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mel Martinez (R-Fl.) expressed support for him last week.

No word yet on when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) will reschedule the Holder markup. Until Holder wins confirmation by the full Senate, Mark Filip, the second-in-command in Bush's Justice Department, will serve as acting attorney general.

President Obama has rapidly been filling out the ranks at Justice--with new chiefs of the criminal division, civil division, national security unit, the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel formally nominated or in the works over the past couple of weeks.

Posted at 10:04 AM ET on Jan 21, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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The article seems to have mixed up two senators when it referred to "Mel Menendez (R-Fl.)" Probably the author means Mel Martinez, having confused him with the Senator Menendez, a Democrat from NJ. Since there are few enough Latino senators, it should not be that hard to keep track of them.

Posted by: polprof | January 21, 2009 10:42 AM

There is ample good reason to fast-track the Holder nomination...


As your first major act, please ban MORE THAN TORTURE...

...Ban policies of EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT... policies that breed torture and human rights abuses AT HOME as well as abroad.

Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system... paving the way for human rights abuses -- including DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY that is being widely deployed among law enforcement, the military, and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Obama, domestic torture and physical assault by way of high-tech devices and weapons CONTINUES TO THIS DAY in communities throughout America...

... a covert evil that is happening with the apparent knowledge and approval of U.S. security forces.

And multi-agency "programs of personal destruction" also continue -- what could be rightly defined as an "American Gestapo."

A "parallel system" of transaction processing -- sold as a "tool" in the war on terror -- is being used against "targeted" American citizens who have been denied their due process rights.

The overwhelming number of these "targeted individuals" are innocent of any wrongdoing, and are being subject to endless investigation, "community gang stalking" and extrajudicial punishment due to their political beliefs, their perceived "activism," and for other ideological reasons.

These Bush era programs continue -- and the authoritarians who established them now work for YOU, Mr. President. Please take action to ensure that the rule of law is restored -- and that the officials who have betrayed their oaths of office are REMOVED FROM POWER and brought to justice.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 21, 2009 10:34 AM

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