Holder: Obama Admin. Prosecuted the Most Terrorists in a Two-Year Period

April 25, 2011 - 5:34 PM
Holder also said his department will “continue to rely on” the federal court system to bring terrorists to justice.

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration prosecuted more terrorists in the years 2009 and 2010 than any other administration in history during a two-year period. Holder also said America’s federal court system is the “most powerful” and “most proven” tool in bringing these terrorists to justice.

“We have thwarted serious and potentially devastating terrorist plots. We have adapted our operations to identify and to disrupt national security threats. And we have prosecuted more terrorists than in any other two-year period in this nation’s history,” Holder said during an address at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday.

A DOJ spokesman told CNSNews.com that Holder was referring to individuals charged with “Category I” terror violations – the most “serious” terror charges. He said over 120 individuals have been prosecuted during President Obama’s first two years in office which represents the “evolving nature of the terror threat.”

In his remarks, Holder also said the administration will continue to rely on the federal court system to bring terrorists to justice.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

“We will engage in outreach efforts to all communities in order to prevent terrorism before it occurs. We will be vigilant – not only against our international terrorist organizations, but also against domestic extremist groups, militias, and other home-grown threats,” he said.  

“And let me be very clear about this: we will continue to rely on our most powerful and most proven tool in bringing terrorists to justice – our federal court system.”

The Obama administration recently decided to try Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspects at Guantanamo Bay rather than civilian court or federal court in New York City.