Obama Recess Appointee James Cole — 9/11 Not An Act Of War
Meet our newest deputy Attorney General James Cole, who’s going to be the number two guy at the Justice Department.
According to the Washington Post, he and Eric Holder are long time friends.
Cole, 58, is a white-collar defense lawyer and longtime friend of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Cole has held numerous jobs in government, including 13 years at the Justice Department. He also worked as an independent monitor reviewing the operations of American International Group, the insurance giant that was bailed out during the financial crisis. Senate Republicans said they plan to make that an issue in his confirmation hearings.
Not a good sign. If he’s friends with Holder, chances are Cole has a big chip on his shoulder, hates white people, hates America, and believes that terrorism is caused by America being a big bad bully. But most importantly Cole wrote in 2002 editorial that 9/11/01 was not an act of war against America.
(CNSNews.com) – 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.
“The ‘war on drugs’–a longer term and far more devastating disaster for our country in terms of the number of affected people has been facilitated by foreign organizations and governments,” he wrote. “Yet, even after Panamanian President Manuel Noriega was arrested by U.S. military forces in Panama, he was brought to the United States, tried in the federal courts, and had full access to counsel, a trial by jury, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and the right to present his own defense.”
If you read this article to the very end, you’ll notice a link to the original Legal Times op ed piece, which was included in the materials Cole had to submit to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of his confirmation process. However, the link is very conveniently broken right now. It looks like the Donkey thugs in the Senate quickly removed the incriminating evidence. Here’s the error message I received.
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Fortunately, one Republican, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has spoken out against this appointment. Let’s just see if the rest of the Republicans will follow in King’s footsteps, and show they’re fit to lead. I’m not holding my breath though.