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Attorney general insists US needs flexibility in terror war, including use of criminal courts – Washington Post

According to the Washington Post, on November 8, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress that the United States needed "flexibility to prosecute terror suspects in criminal courts."

Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder argued "We need to use all elements of American power in the fight against terrorism, our military power, our political power, power that we have in our judicial system, military commissions." According to the article, Holder went on to state "We need maximum amounts of flexibility. We also have to be practical when it comes to the measures that Congress asks us in the executive branch to follow." These statements echoed those of White House counter-terror chief John Brennan and Defense Department's General Counsel Jeh Johnson; both of whom argue for a more flexible approach.

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