Saturday, January 15, 2011

Oversight Chair Issa: Just Prosecute Assange As A Criminal Already

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee, recently called the Obama administration "one of the most corrupt" before conducting even one hearing. In another indication that he neither respects nor understands the judicial process, Issa called for the prosecution of Julian Assange while the administration casts about for a case to bring against the WikiLeaks founder. Issa seems to think that the Justice Department can simply browse through the leaked documents and concoct a charge:

Issa...was sharply critical of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., stopping short of calling for his resignation. He said the Justice Department has not properly investigated the publication of thousands of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Issa said Holder should prosecute Assange as a criminal.

"I think [Holder] needs to realize that, for example, WikiLeaks, if the president says, 'I can't deal with this guy as a terrorist,' then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal," Issa said on "Fox News Sunday." "Otherwise, the world is laughing at this paper tiger we've become."

Got it? If we can't just declare someone an "enemy combatant," as the Bush administration did, can't we at least declare him a criminal?

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