New threat ‘frightening,’ Holder says – By Justin Sink – 07/13/14 11:17 AM EDT


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Intelligence suggesting that bomb-makers from Yemen and terrorists from Syria are working together to create undetectable explosive devices is an “extreme” administration security concern, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.

“In some ways, it’s more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general,” Holder told ABC’s “This Week.”

Holder said the collaborative effort was a “deadly combination” of those with technical skills and “people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies.”

“It’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern,” Holder said.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was beefing up security measures at international airports out of concern over the terror threat. Individuals will now be required to turn on electronic devices like cell phones and laptops at security checkpoints.

Holder said those measures were “prudent steps that are necessary to protect the flying public.”

“This is not a test,” Holder said. “We’re doing something in reaction to things that we have detected.”

At the same time, the attorney general said he was “really confident in our capacity to understand what’s going on, to monitor what’s going on and working with our allies.”

Earlier this week, Holder held a series of meetings in Oslo, Norway and London in a bid to encourage European allies to do more to counter the possible flow of terrorists into their countries.

He said the meetings were a chance to “exchange information in the way that you can’t if you’re not present” and “come up with techniques to thwart those who would try to do us all harm.”
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Some Republicans Will Try to Impeach Eric Holder, But it Won’t Work – By Adam Martin


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Holder was asked about a variety of topics, including the federal budget sequester, the Fast and Furious program, the use of drone strikes on domestic targets and voter rights.

For the last week or so, Rep. Ted Yoho has beenmaking noise about trying to impeach Eric Holder, and on Thursday the Florida Republican and a group of 10 other representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against him in the House. But Holder isn’t going anywhere. According to Politico, “there is no sign yet that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or other House GOP leaders will act on the measure.” And even if they do, and it passes the Republican-dominated House, there’s no way such a resolution would pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate, “which would have to hold a trial to remove Holder,” Reuters notes.

Yoho and co. say Holder violated federal law by not handing over documents related to the Fast and Furious case. He also did not enforce same-sex marriage, mandatory minimums for drug offenders, didn’t prosecute the IRS over its targeting of non-profits, and lied to Congress about a Justice Department investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen, his accusers say. Quipped former Holder aide Matthew Miller: “I can’t believe they didn’t include Benghazi and the Black Panthers because this is a list of every other Republican bugaboo and conspiracy theory.”

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