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AG Holder Testifies on Terrorism, Defense of Marriage Act

Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder has publicly stated his opposition to the Obama Administration's decision that the September 11 suspects be sent to military trials at Guantanamo Bay. This was one of the topics of conversation as he testified at a House Judiciary Oversight Committee hearing.

The hearing also addressed a number of topics including the killing of Osama bin Laden, the threat from al-Qaeda terrorists and extending key provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Another key issue was the administration’s decision to renege on continuing to hold detainee trials by military commissions, not civilian courts.

During questioning by with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on the the Justice Department's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Holder explained that the law would not pass the Second Circuit’s strict scrutiny.

Currently there are at least two bills in Congress that will transfer investigative oversight in terrorism cases from Attorney General Holder to Defense Secretary Gates.

Holder is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3:17pm (ET)

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