This amounts to nothing more than "politics as usual" as Eric Holder was the Clinton administration’s last deputy attorney general, 1997 to 2001. Where's the change Obama has been preaching?
As deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, Holder has consistently championed stronger gun-control measures. In fact, he supported the District of Columbia's handgun ban, lobbied Congress to pass legislation that would have given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows and went so far as to say that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right, but instead protects the right to have a firearm when serving with a militia.
To push his gun control agenda, Obama is surrounding himself with extremists, who have been striving to erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights.
After leaving the Clinton administration, Holder became a partner at the legal and lobbying firm of Covington & Burling. Holder’s most publicized case at the firm was his defense of Chiquita Brands International, Inc., whose executives were facing potential charges because of their financing of right-wing death squads in Colombia. Holder protected those executives at the expense of the corporation, his client, causing the corporation to take the fall and pay a $25 million fine, while the executives who actually committed the crime in the name of the corporation remained uncharged.
As a senior legal advisor to the Democratic Party, Holder supported the police state measures enacted under the Bush administration, playing a leading role in the talks that led to the re-authorization of the Patriot Act in 2005. The Patriot Act grants unchecked powers to government, and strips U.S. citizens of their right to due process, unreasonable search and seizure and other basic freedoms. Barack Obama voted yes to reauthorize the Patriot Act (S. 2271), in March, 2006.
And Remember those last-minute Clinton pardons? Eric Holder was there, a key figure in the clemency process, helping to bring them about. He brokered one of the most unjustifiable pardons that an American president has ever granted. Holder sparked a firestorm of controversy due to his involvement in the final corrupt act of the Clinton administration: the pardons issued on Bill Clinton's last day in office. Of these, fugitive Marc Rich, was granted a pardon in the final hours of the Clinton presidency.World-class mobster commodities trader, Marc Rich, who is No. 242 on Forbes' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans with a net worth of $1.5 billion, renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1983, and ran off to Zug, Switzerland, shortly before a grand jury indicted him on charges of racketeering, 51 counts of tax fraud, and illegal oil deals with Iran. Federal prosecutors said Rich rigged an oil pricing scheme during the 1973 energy crisis and in 1980, during the Iran Hostage crisis, he purchased six million barrels of oil from the Iranian government and sold it on the world market. Payments were made fraudulently through American banks and illegal use of American telecommunications facilities. Rich’s attorneys took the pardon straight to the White House attorneys, and gained pardon for their client, whose ex-wife, Denise, just happened to be a major donor to the Clinton library and Clinton's legal defense fund...
- $450,000 to the Clinton library
- $10,000 to the Clinton legal defense fund.
- More than $1 million to the Democratic Party
- $109,000 to Hillary Rodham Clinton's first bid for the Senate
If that wasn't enough, Eric Holder has also advocated for internet censorship. As reported by NPR's Morning Edition on May 28, 1999, he said:
"The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at."
With the help of Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel and other Clinton retreads, the Obama presidency is laying the foundations for the continuation of not only many of the criminal policies of the past eight years, but the new ones to come.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
- -Thomas Jefferson