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John Fund: 'Obama's Enforcer' Holder Violates Civil Liberties

Friday, 13 Jun 2014 04:53 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a "polarizing figure" who has never practiced nonpartisan policy as the nation's top law enforcer, says John Fund, a Newsmax contributor and national affairs columnist for National Review Online.

"Unlike previous attorneys general, Eric Holder was always very open about what he was going to do for Barack Obama. He said, 'I'm part of the president's team,'" Fund told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Rather than be a nonpartisan attorney general … I think Eric Holder has proven himself over and over again to be a politicizing, polarizing figure.''

Fund is co-author, with Hans von Spakovsky, of the book, "Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department," published by Broadside Books.

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As "enforcer," Holder has violated the civil liberties of Americans and engaged in selective prosecutions, Fund said.

"One example: Last year, the Obama Justice Department marched into the Supreme Court and argued the federal government should have the right to put a tracking device on all of the cars in country … without a court order and without any evidence a crime had been committed,'' he said.

"The Supreme Court was so aghast that they voted unanimously — including [Sonia] Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — against this. This was one of 12 Supreme Court rulings in the last few years the Obama administration has lost nine-zip.''

As well, the Justice Department under Holder has continuously played the race card, Fund believes.

"It's astonishing that we have a Justice Department that is supposed to believe in the color-neutral enforcement of laws, and all they do is constantly tilt the laws in a racialist direction,'' he said.

"Now we have the Justice Department suing states over whether they want to change their election laws, something the Supreme Court just ruled last year that they could do.

"The formulas that were limiting the states in what they can do to change election laws were outdated, 50 years old. Eric Holder has ignored the Supreme Court ruling. He is suing the states … trying to demonstrate the law apparently is going to be race conscious rather than based on the content of our characters, as Martin Luther King put it.''

Fund said that ironically, Obama's most quoted campaign promise in the 2008 was to strive for an open and transparent government.

"When he said that we're going to be open and transparent, what he really meant is, all of your records are going to be open to us, and we're going to be very transparent about how we go through them,'' he said.

"Whether it's 'fast and furious' gun-running operation that cost the life of a U.S. border agent, the IRS scandal, [or] the Veterans Administration scandal, Eric Holder promises he'll get to the bottom of it. But he withholds documents, he advises the White House not to cooperate with Congress, and in effect, facilitates a cover-up.''

Fund called the takeover of several Iraqi cities by the al-Qaida splinter group ISIS an "astonishing turn of events.''

"It just goes to show we can train foreign troops, we can equip foreign troops, we can tell foreign troops who the enemy is, but we can't make them fight,'' he said.

"Apparently, something like 30,000 Iraqi troops literally just abandoned their uniforms and weapons, and now those weapons are being used to drive toward Baghdad.

"I hope [the president] takes some action because I don't think we can afford to have Iran have a much bigger strategic imprint in the region, and they would, regardless of whether or not the government actually fell or whether there was just a civil war.''

He called the Iraqi crisis an example of "the complete failure of American foreign policy.''

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