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Published: Monday, March 18 2013 10:05 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mr. Holder did clarify that the President did not have the authority to use a drone strike against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil unless that person was actively engaged in combat against our country.

I agree 100% that the HSBC decision was a travesty. A kid caught selling pot on a street corner is going to get prison time, but HSBC can launder hundreds of millions of dollars for the drug cartels and they only have to pay a fine? We've always known the rich and powerful get preferential treatment. I guess Mr. Holder's mistake was saying it in public.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

There are many laws on the books that are not enforced. Polygamy for example.

Hardly the "Holder doesn't think we are a nation of laws" moment you are making it out to be.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

One of the constitutional duties of the president is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." We assume that this is to be done even when it has negative impacts on rich and powerful friends of the president. If the laws are not applied equally to all, we no longer live under the rule of law.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Roland Kayser" actually Eric Holder only said that the President can't order a drone strike on a US citizen on US soil who is not engaged in combat. If the President decides that a person's activity are to be considered combat, he can authorize a drone strike.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "We've always known the rich and powerful get preferential treatment. I guess Mr. Holder's mistake was saying it in public."

No. His mistake is not faithfully executing the laws of the land, giving preference to cronies, who are fast becoming rich and powerful, expecting preferential treatment in return for their political favors.

If it we just the odd law he objected to and couldn't bring himself to enforce, that would be one thing. We all have our quirks. But Mr. Holder finds ways not to enforce laws, or of just making up new laws as he goes along. Always to benefit one or another important Democrat constituency.

From election laws, to Defense of Marriage laws, to immigration laws, to environmental laws, to gun-control laws, to property rights and land-use laws, to pharmacy and medical regulations, to the banking laws he insists he's too small to enforce -- this regime recognizes NO law or Constitutional provision as a limitation on its actions.

Which is the very definition of the rule of men, not of law.

ECR
Burke, VA

For the record, Katrina vanden Heuvel's last name is 'vanden Heuvel' not simply "Heuvel." That mistake would seem to explain why a writer for the DN is quoting the editor of The Nation, one of the most liberal publications in the country - he does't really know who she is, only that she is criticizing the Attorney General.

But let's not get picky here. I welcome the DN staff illustrating that "the left" is not afraid to criticize the President or his Cabinet when they make bad choices, like not prosecuting the leaders of the worlds largest banking enterprises simply because they are too big to jail. Those who have done serious research since the 2008 meltdown of the economy have pointed directly to Wall Street as the primary culprits in the troubles the world has been experiencing since then. And instead of the top managers at those organizations suffering in any way, least of all going to jail, they have enriched themselves with lavish bonuses, some of which were funded by taxpayer bailouts. Shame on the Attorney General and hooray for Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

"Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government, but illegal for the citizenry." Thomas Jefferson
In any other administration, Eric Holder would be prosecuted and bounced out of the Dept. of Justice!

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