The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has voted 212-206 to ban the Obama administration from spending any funds to try terrorism suspects in civilian court instead of by military commissions. Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly all miffed and vexed.
Since Congress failed to pass a new budget for 2011, the House passed a continuing resolution on Dec. 8 to continue funding the government next year. Somebody on the House Appropriations Committee, to Holder's supposed shock and dismay, inserted a provision that prohibits federal funds from being used to prosecute terrorist detainees in federal criminal courts, according to Susan Crabtree writing for The Hill. When Democrat members learned about the trial provision, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer went into damage control mode. Pelosi's office did not return a call for comment, according to Crabtree.
Holder called it "an unprecedented grab of executive authority by Congress," according to Crabtree. "We have been unable to identify any parallel ... in the history of our nation in which Congress has intervened to prohibit the prosecution of particular persons or crimes," Holder opined. [...] go read the rest of al-Holder's stupidity - click the picture
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