Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. struck back at critics Tuesday, declaring that the denigration of civilian federal courts to prosecute terror defendants “flies in the face of the facts” and is more about politics than independent analysis of cases.

“What I have tried to make over these many months, and I think fairly consistently … is that our federal civilian criminal justice system has the ability to incapacitate terrorists, has the ability to gain intelligence from those terrorists and is a valuable tool in our fight against terrorism,” Holder said at a press conference at Main Justice. “To take this tool out of our hands, to denigrate the use of this tool, flies in the face of the facts, flies in the face of the history of the use of this tool. It is more about politics than it is about facts.”

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