President Obama has picked James Cole to become Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and if confirmed will be running the day to day operations of the Department. His nomination was approved July 21 by the Democrat controlled Senate Judiciary Committee with no Republican support.
With a long history of being soft on terrorism and opposing our military’s policy of detaining terrorists at GITMO, Cole views the 9/11 attack on America as a criminal case instead of an Act of War!
Cole represented a member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Naif Bin Abdulazis Al Saud, in a lawsuit filed by the families who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attack. This is the same Al Saud who ran the Al Haramain Foundation which was designated as a facilitator of terrorism in 2004 for diverting funds to Al Quada.
On September 9, 2002 (just a year after the 9/11 attack) Cole wrote an editorial in the Legal Times claiming the attack was a “crime” and not an act of war and that the DOJ had no right to treat terrorists as enemy combatants.
During his hearing in June Cole refused to say whether he believed that Osama bin Laden should be tried in a civilian court or by military commission. He stated, “I believe that such decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, based on all the relevant facts and circumstances at the time of the suspect’s capture.”
Cole has consistently viewed terrorists such as bin Laden as criminals instead of the cold blooded terrorists they are. Cole, like many in the Obama administration, are truly living in an alternate reality.