Regular readers know I am not prone to back ANY Republican idea as most are borderline insane. However, as more and more evidence is coming out, the left has to stand up and demand that Eric Holder be fired. This is no better than Muslims who keep their trap shut as their lunatic fringe executes innocent people, not realizing how badly that is going to come back and bite them in the ass. We as Americans should be similarly aware over how badly the Justice Department is being run.
The House Judiciary Committee is looking into an NBC report that said that Eric Holder personally went judge shopping for his search warrant against Fox reporter, James Rosen and then approved the action. This is not what he told Congress when asked, a serious crime regardless of political affiliation. Here is a direct quote from Holder when asked by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) about the DOJ possibly prosecuting reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917:
"In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material -- this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder responded.
NBC news says differently and this could lead to Holder's prosecution, which would be a long shot at best, but still a minute possibility. The fact that this loser still has his job after all the problems he has made makes me wonder if he has naked pictures of the President with someone other than his wife because no one can be this bad at their job and still have it in today's day and age unless he has leverage of some kind.
Johnson has come to the AG's aid by stating that his line of questioning was based on the Espionage Act and not other investigations but, let's face facts that this is splitting hairs. The fact that journalists were targeted at all is something that cannot be allowed and someone needs to be fired for this. Holder is ultimately responsible and he should be shown the door stat. I hate agreeing with the right on this issue, by they have a legitimate argument with this case and the left should be joining in instead of pretending it's just another witch hunt. As the Republicans have been yelling wolf at the top of their lungs for five straight years, it's kind of hard to take them seriously. It's also odd when the ACLU, the Tea Party, and Congressional committees run by both sides agree on anything so this isn't going to go away any time soon, no matter how much Holder might want it to.
The Justice Department itself needs a total overhaul as well. New reports show chilling statistics over how our Justice system is being co-opted by corporations, especially private prisons. From 1999-2010, prison population grew by 18%, mostly due to drug laws. However, private prison use rose a staggering 784% in the same time period. We are putting more and more people away for non violent drug crimes and, in the process, creating a slave class with no real hope even after they are released. Private facilities claim lower costs than the state, but like every other time Big Business has stated this, statistics prove them wrong. Private prisons are actually MORE expensive and run less effectively than state run ones, because for the privateers, it's all about profit and thing like safety and good pay don't matter more than the bottom line.
If you are black, most likely you or someone you know has been forced back into the slave trade through draconian drug laws that has robbed you of your freedom, forced you work for pennies on the dollar and even after you've escaped the shackles, there is little hope for you unless you return to the life of crime that got you locked up in the first place. This is terrible and needs to stop.
Judges are being bribed to lock up people and the people doing the bribing are walking away scot free even after the judges get long prison sentences when caught. We do not have a justice system anymore. We have free market ideals being used to railroad innocent people into a life of servitude. And regardless of race, everyone is being locked up in the debtor's prisons being established in at least 17 states. Thankfully the Northeast has been spared this unconstitutional idea so far but if you live in Illinois, Ohio or Florida, pay all your bills on time because a small amount can blossom into thousands and lead to the loss of your house, car or freedom.
The American people are being incarcerated in numbers not seen anywhere else on Earth. That's right, Russia, China, Iran and even North Korea jail a smaller percentage of the people than we do. When North Korea is less a gulag state than we are, we have crossed a red line that needs to be rectified immediately. Firing Eric Holder would be a good start.