Holder Testimony

The Attorney General is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I just caught a bit of it. Sen. Lindsey Graham did a very good job arguing that Gitmo is the only practical option for detaining enemy combatants. He used the case of Hezbollah commander Ali Musa Daqduq, who murdered American troops in Iraq, to make the point that if the administration does not resign itself to the need to use Gitmo, many anti-American foreign terrorists detained in Iraq and Afghanistan will end up being released. I wrote a column about Daqduq, here, when it appeared that the Obama administration was on the cusp of releasing him to the Iraqis — which would be the same thing as releasing him, period.

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