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I think, if you haven't, spend some time reading Jane Mayer's piece on Eric Holder:

On December 5th, several hundred people gathered in Foley Square, in lower Manhattan, and withstood a drenching rainstorm for two hours in order to send a message to Attorney General Eric Holder. A JumboTron, set up by the protesters, played clips of Holder's recent testimony before Congress, in which he explained his decision to hold the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed--the self-proclaimed planner of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001--and four co-conspirators in the colonnaded federal courthouse flanking the square, rather than in a military commission at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Members of the crowd shouted at the screen: "Holder's gotta go!"; "Arrogant bastard!"; "Communist!"

Greg Manning, whose wife, Laura, was severely burned in the World Trade Center attacks, stood before the crowd and said, "Thousands are already dead because of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's choices. We do not want to see . . . hundreds of thousands dead because of the Attorney General's choices."

Andrew McCarthy, the former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney who led the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, also gave a speech, declaring that Holder didn't "understand what rule of law has always been in wartime." He said, "It's military commissions. It's not to wrap our enemies in our Bill of Rights."

"Traitor!" someone shouted.

Edith Lutnick, who works for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, told the crowd, "My brother, Gary, lost his life that day." The 9/11 victims, she said, "were murdered by the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and we do not want him and his fellow-terrorists tried in that building. . . . We need to tell Eric Holder that we will be victims no more."

"Lynch Holder!" an onlooker cried.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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