The Obama Justice Department has grudgingly released the identities of the “al Qaeda Seven” to Fox News. As Fox itself acknowledges, it turns out that most of the seven attorneys “played only minor or short-lived roles in advocating for detainees.”
For example, the names of two of the seven attorneys appear just once, in a Supreme Court filing by their previous law firm. Another was a detainee defense attorney for seven months. Two others also helped file single court briefs, and both were joined in those briefs by the conservative Rutherford Institute.
These are the people who were smeared so viciously by Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol, operating through an organization called “Keep America Safe.” That’s the group that dubbed the attorneys “the al Qaeda Seven” in a video that asked, “Whose values do THEY share?” as images of Osama bin Laden flash in the background.
I’ll present the video here once again, as a reminder of just how despicable Cheney et. al really are. And then we’ll talk about an interesting little twist the case has taken:
As it turns out, the Bush administration that Cheney’s father served as vice president, that Kristol served as smirking cheerleader, and that Cheney herself served in the State Department, also hired lawyers who had done pro bono work for detainees.
As Fox reports:
Pratik Shah, an assistant to the Solicitor General hired by the Bush Administration, was part of the WilmerHale team that put together arguments for the Boumediene v. Bush case.
Trisha Anderson, an adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel who was also hired by the Bush Administration, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling, where she helped represent 13 Yemeni detainees.
Varda Hussain, an attorney hired in 2008 with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, was an associate with the Washington-based firm Venable when she helped represent three Egyptians being held at Guantanamo Bay.
“Varda has spent over 500 hours in the past year fighting to bring due process to our clients,” a firm newsletter said in 2006.
Whose values do THEY share? How could the two Cheneys, Kristol and their allies have allowed such terrorist sympathizers inside the walls of the U.S. government? Could the Cheneys themselves be al Qaeda plants, out to destroy this country from within?
Could they? Well, could they?
Somebody needs to make another video.