Attorney General Ashcroft Delivers Commencement Address At Berkeley Amid Protesters Demanding Closure of Guantanamo Bay

May 12th, 2013

Oh did I say Attorney General Ashcroft? I meant Attorney General Holder.

With protesters outside demanding closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday gave an unambiguous endorsement of the civilian court system to try suspected terrorists, telling UC Berkeley Law School graduates that failing to do so “would weaken our ability … to punish those who target our people.”

Before Holder spoke, a handful of demonstrators clustered on the sidewalk with large signs, protesting the federal criminalization of marijuana, the continued detention of alleged terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and the alleged use of torture on prisoners following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

One man in an orange prison-style jumpsuit blasted the federal government for “locking people up and throwing away the key” at Guantanamo Bay.

Mary Ann Thomas of Oakland handed out orange ribbons to denote the orange jumpsuits worn by Guantanamo Bay prisoners. A few steps away, people distributed flyers urging new law graduates to work for a marijuana advocacy group. A plane circled overhead trailing a banner reading: “Holder: End Rx cannabis war.”

I really get them confused sometimes. John Yoo must be laughing his ass off.