I actually gasped when I read this. The former Attorney General of the United States, charged with enforcing the laws (including, and especially 18 U.S. Code § 2381, Treason) of this nation, spoke these words.
“We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made,” Holder told David Axelrod on his CNN-produced podcast “The Axe Files.”
Holder then blathered on about how what Snowden did was, of course, illegal, and caused damage, and “our ability to keep the American people safe was compromised.” No big deal there, right?
“I think there has to be a consequence for what he has done,” Holder added. “But, I think in deciding what an appropriate sentence should be, I think a judge could take into account the usefulness of having had that national debate.”
So by Holder’s logic, Dzokhar Tasrnaev’s judge should have considered the value of the national debate about Islamic terror that the Boston Marathon bombing sparked when sentencing him to death. Maybe Holder would have given him a break.
Or Bowe Bergdahl: Maybe he should be promoted and given an intelligence post, for the value of his five years spent with the Taliban and the value of the national debate sparked when President Obama traded five hard-core terrorists for his release. Or Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning: Let’s release him/her from Fort Leavenworth prison and give xir a professorship at Berkeley in Transgender Studies. I could go on, but I think the basic stupidity of the idea has been established.
To think that this man was the head of the Justice Department during Obama’s gunwalking Operation Fast & Furious, and during much of the non-investigation into the VA scandal (which has only metastasized instead of being treated), the IRS scandal, and Hillary Clinton’s server is frightening. He never should have held the job for a single day.
But what’s more frightening is that the current crop of 2016 presidential contenders will probably nominate worse picks for the country’s top law enforcement post. Either of them will choose among hatchet men and lawfare experts who will make John Mitchell look like Eliot Ness. In four years we’ll be nostalgic for Holder’s feckless globalism.