Eric Holder has reasons for keeping up at night

We don't know if the US Attorney General is still keeping up at night and suffering from insomnia. But if he kept up even for a single night Eric H. Holder Jr. certainly had a good reason. He confessed that the Paris-style attack has left him nervous and concerned about potential France-style terror assault happening in the United States. And so are many Americans who share Holder's nervousness. They feel it is easier to replicate the assault in the United States than in Europe.

In an interview, immediately after the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the series of violence that rocked Paris, Eric Holder said: "It's something that frankly keeps me up at night, worrying about the lone wolf or a group of people, a very small group of people, who decide to get arms on their own and do what we saw in France. It's the kind of thing...

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