Out on his own terms, the African American attorney general has resigned. The manner in which he addressed the Michael Brown situation in Ferguson, Missouri was probably a high point. He helped avert a disaster while launching an ongoing investigation.
In his capacity of U.S. Attorney General, his presence as an African American alongside an African American President demonstrated to all Americans racial progress. It likely provided as sense to minorities that they had an extraordinary champion in a very important position to ensure justice.
America has a long way to go in the pursuit of equality and justice for all.
“Fast and Furious” was his nemesis, of course.
“ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal. A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.”
Holder was ultimately responsible for the disastrous program.
Tooting his own horn
All of the things that the Department of Justice lists below are credible accomplishments. Now, with this under his belt, he could be nominated to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Department of Justice has thwarted multiple terrorist plots against the United States. Since the beginning of 2009, the Justice Department has thwarted multiple terrorist plots against the United States; convicted and incarcerated scores of individuals on terrorism-related charges; and gleaned critical intelligence from and about terrorists through the criminal justice system.
Significant accomplishments include:
- In May 2014, the Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania (WDPA) had indicted five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses directed at six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products.
- In April 2014, the Department of Justice announced that Li Fangwei, also known as “Karl Lee,” had been charged with, among other things, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) for his use of United States-based financial institutions to engage in millions of dollars of U.S. dollar transactions in violation of economic sanctions that prohibited such financial transactions. Sanctions previously had been imposed on Lee because of his role in Iranian Weapons Proliferation activities.
- In March 2014, in the first ever federal jury conviction on charges brought under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, a jury found Walter Liew, his company USA Performance Technology Inc. (USAPTI), and Robert Maegerle guilty of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, bankruptcy fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the benefit of companies controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In July 2014, Walter Liew was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment for his actions.
- In December 2013, Ming Suan Zhang, a Chinese citizen, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for attempting to export thousands of pounds of aerospace-grade, export-controlled carbon fiber worth over $4 million from the United States to China. Such fiber can be used to manufacture fighter jets and other munitions.
- In July 2013, the Justice Department announced that Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, charged with multiple counts of piracy, hostage taking and violence against maritime navigation, were each sentenced to serve life in prison for their criminal conduct. The defendants were involved in the hijacking of an American vessel sailing in the Indian Ocean and the resulting deaths of four American citizens on board.
- In May 2013, the Justice Department announced the sentencing of several al Shabaab defendants for their roles in providing material support to terrorists and obstructing the FBI’s investigation. These prosecutions were the result of the FBI’s “Operation Rhino.” For example, Mahamud Said Omar was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for providing material support to al Shabaab and conspiracy to kill or maim overseas. Omer Abdi Mohamed was also sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his role in providing material support to al Shabaab.
- In May 2013, the Department ended the decades-long illicit trade activities of Hsien Tai Tsai, also known as “Alex Tsai,” an OFAC designated proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and supplier of advanced weapons machinery to North Korea, when he was arrested along with his son, Yueh-Hsun Tsai, also known as “Gary Tsai.”
- In May 2013, the Justice Department announced the sentencing of Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan to serve 20 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in fundraising activities on behalf of al Shabaab under the pretense that monies were for the poor and needy.
- In February 2013, the Justice Department announced the sentencing of Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamud, Ahmed Nasir Taal Ail Mohamud and Issa Doreh for providing material support of al Shabaab in the form of housing for terrorists in Somalia. They were also found guilty of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Moalin was sentenced to serve 18 years’ in prison and 3 years of supervised release and Mohamud was sentenced to serve 13 years’ in prison and 3 years of supervised release. Ahmed Nasir Taal Ail Mohamud and Issa Doreh are awaiting sentencing.
- In 2013, the Justice Department announced that Ahmed Warsame, a former senior al-Shabaab commander and emissary to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, had pleaded guilty in 2011 to all counts of a terrorism indictment against him.
- In 2013, David Coleman Headley, who admitted to his role in planning the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, and later plotting a separate terrorist attack in Denmark, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after cooperating extensively with the government.
- In 2013, Manssor Arbabsiar was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a plot approved by members of the Iranian military to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States while the Ambassador was in the United States.
- In 2012, Adis Medunjanin was sentenced to life in prison for his role in an al-Qaeda plot to bomb the New York City subway system in September 2009, and to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
- In 2012, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, also known as the “underwear bomber,” was sentenced to life in prison for his attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.
- In 2012, Naser Jason Abdo was sentenced to life in prison in connection with his plot to carry out a bomb attack on soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas.
- In 2012, Khalid Aldawsari was sentenced to life in prison for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction stemming from his purchase of materials to make a bomb and his research of potential U.S. targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, as well as hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants.
- In 2010, Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square.
- The Department of Justice has successfully executed ground-breaking counter intelligence operations.
- Since 2009, the Department has successfully dismantled several major espionage networks including:
- In 2013, Bryan Underwood, a former guard at a U.S. Consulate under construction in China, was sentenced to nine years in prison in connection with his efforts to sell classified photographs and information about the U.S. Consulate to China.
- In 2012, Stewart Nozette, a former White House National Space Council member, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of attempted espionage.
- In 2010, in collaboration with partners across the government, the Department dismantled a network of Russian agents that had been operating clandestinely in the U.S. for years. The successful prosecution, exposure and removal of these individuals from the U.S. represented one of the most successful counterintelligence operations in modern U.S. history.
- In 2010, Noshir Gowadia, a former B-2 bomber engineer, was convicted on numerous criminal charges related to helping China design a stealthy cruise missile and was later sentenced to 32 years in prison.
- In 2011, Glenn Shriver, a one-time CIA applicant, was sentenced to serve 48 months in prison for conspiring to provide classified information to Chinese intelligence officers.
- In 2009, Walter Myers, a former State Department official, pleaded guilty in connection with a nearly 30-year conspiracy to provide classified information to Cuban intelligence agents and was later sentenced to life in prison. His wife, Gwendolyn Myers, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 81 months in prison.”
“Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General, Official Says
Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he will resign after nearly six years, a Justice Department official told NBC News.
Holder plans to stay on the job until a successor is confirmed, the official said.
Holder, the first African American to hold the job of attorney general, is among just a handful of cabinet officials who have remained in their posts since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency.
He became a lightning rod for criticism from congressional Republicans, who have pushed for his dismissal over the Fast and Furious gun operation, the IRS targeting scandal, and other high-profile controversies.”