WAR ON TERROR

Holder Defends Handling of Xmas Bomber

No apologies here: Attorney General Eric Holder is defending his decision to not try the failed Christmas Day bomber as an enemy combatant. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Holder said the government's legal authority to hold Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab indefinitely was "far from clear." In the letter, Holder takes personal responsibility for Abdulmutallab's detention--a move that is likely to make the attorney general even less popular among Republicans and some Democrats who have criticized the decision to read to Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights.