Troubled Justice

Is Holder the New Gonzales?

Leaving behind the ways of President Bush is sometimes easier said than done: President Obama’s expected decision to try the September 11 planners in a military tribunal violates the strict separation he tried to create between the Justice Department and the rest of government. Now, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero is making the most unfavorable of comparisons in The Wall Street Journal, comparing Holder to Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who was at the center of the U.S. attorney-firing scandal. Holder appears willing to go along with Obama’s decision: He has declared himself equally open to civilian or military trials.