Holder's "Al-Qaeda 7" Attorneys Revealed

The Liz Cheney-backed group Keep America Safe released this ad this week on the the 7 far left Holder Justice Department attorneys who formerly represented Al-Qaeda terrorists.
Keep America Safe: Who Are The Al Qaeda Seven?

Call Eric Holder today 202-514-2000 and tell him advocates for terrorist detainees do not Keep America Safe.

Today, FOX News revealed the identities of these seven DOJ attorneys who represented terrorists before joining the Holder Justice Department.

Jonathan Cedarbaum– now an official with the Office of Legal Counsel
Eric Columbus– Senior counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General
Karl Thompson– Office of Legal Counsel
Joseph Guerra– Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department
Tali Farhadian– now an official in the Office of the Attorney General
Beth Brinkmann– now Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Civil Division
Tony West– the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division

FOX News reported on these terrorist attorneys today:

For several months, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has led an effort to uncover politically-appointed lawyers within the Justice Department who have advocated for Guantanamo Bay detainees or other terror suspects.

“The administration has made many highly questionable decisions when it comes to national security, ” Grassley said in a recent statement. “[Americans] have a right to know who advises the Attorney General and the President on these critical matters.”

…The most extensive detainee-related work by a current Justice Department official, though, may have been done by Tony West, the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

For several years, while working in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, West represented “American Taliban” Johh Walker Lindh, a move that was hotly debated after West was nominated to the Justice Department in January 2009. West wasn’t confirmed until April 2009.

In a recent letter to Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich said nine Justice Department lawyers in total previously represented terror suspects, contributed to court briefs in detainee-related cases or otherwise helped advocate for detainees.

Weich acknowledged in the letter that Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal previously represented a Guantanamo Bay detainee and that National Security Division Attorney Jennifer Daskal previously worked for Human Rights Watch, which advocates on behalf of detainees.

Weich declined to identify the other lawyers, but he insisted that no political appointee at the Justice Department “would permit or has permitted any prior affiliation to interfere with the vital task of protecting national security, and any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely false.”

Keep America Safe released this statement following the disclosure of the terrorist attorneys:

“Today, after much public outcry, the Department of Justice finally and reluctantly disclosed the names of the Al Qaeda Seven. We regret that they still refuse to tell the American people whether any of these lawyers are currently working on detainee issues inside the Department. The American people have a right to know whether lawyers who voluntarily flocked to Guantanamo to take up the cause of the terrorists are currently working on detainee issues in President Obama’s Justice Department. Attorney General Holder’s assertion that hiring former terrorist lawyers is just like hiring lawyers who used to defend white collar criminals demonstrates once again that, despite the President’s rhetoric, the Obama Administration does not understand the dangers of treating terrorism like a law enforcement matter.”

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  • down with dems

    Fishy fishy fishy. For a president so concerned with image and perception, who rose to power on a a cult of personality, you’d think he’d be more careful with things like this that will reflect on him and affect his image.

    Yes, the ethics, morals, values, and patriotism of these lawyers is in question. Only a fool, a liberal, or a progressive wouldn’t be concerned.

  • jim

    One hopes that this left-wing turd will not make it through President Jiveass’s first (and only) term.

  • Valerie

    That wasn’t so difficult, was it?

    Every lawyer has to be able to supply a list of clients for the purpose of settling questions with respect to conflicts of interest, and most people simply keep them up-to-date.

    Now, of course, we can look at the responsibilities these people have, and determine whether they do indeed have conflicts of interest.

    Eric Holder has shown himself to be a rank amateur. There is no way he could withhold this information, which happens to be a routine part of the hiring process, without looking incompetent.

  • http://scottthong.wordpress.com Scott
  • myna

    This is what you get rewarded defending terrorists, a lucrative jobs in Justice Department. Maybe aligning your ideology with terrorists will get you better position in America. Sad. US gov’t could not find anymore decent and loyal americans to serve this country.

  • aprilnovember811

    This is unconscionable.

  • http://www.outragedpatriots.com OUTRAGED PATRIOT

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    DHS.gov computers BLOCKED ACCESS to http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com 1 day after BHO’s swearing-in.

  • Joseph Nobles

    The John Adams 7 demonstrate America at her very best. Al Qaeda attacks us because of people like these seven lawyers.

  • Militant Conservative

    War is comming, the enemy is from within, are you ready? The final chapter in this outrage has not been posted. when it does this and other sites will be shut down. Prepare for war, your country will thank those that thought ahead. We are on the knifes edge. powder is dry.

  • Jo

    When will Ovomit die or get thrown out of office? I hope soon. I suspect Ovomit is an Al Qaeda secret agent.

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  • http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/ reliapundit
  • http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/ reliapundit

    farhadian is a persian.

    she studied orientalism.

    (hmmmm… as in columbia’s late liar eddie said?)

    she clerked for oconnor.

    Undergraduate School: Yale University
    Graduate Education prior to Soros: Oxford University
    Subject: Oriental Studies
    Degree: MA
    Graduate Education prior to Soros: Oxford University
    Subject: Oriental Studies

  • http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/ reliapundit


    it looks like there might be no there there – unless she’s a self-hater:

    Tali Farimah Farhadian was born into an Iranian Jewish family in Tehran. In 1979, in the wake of the rise of the revolutionary regime, Farhadian — then fours years old — and her family fled to Israel. One year later they settled in Queens, New York, “because we heard that Queens was where immigrants went to live,” recalls Farhadian. The family then settled in New Jersey. Graduating with distinction in the humanities from Yale in 1997, she attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, pursuing her master’s and doctoral degrees in Oriental studies. Now in her second year at the Law School, Farhadian was the only student invited to speak at the Yale Tercentennial celebration in October. She is fluent in Persian, Hebrew and Arabic and is a member of Yale’s Middle East Legal Studies Seminar.

  • http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/ reliapundit

    soros is a notorious self-hater who collaborated with the nazis in ww2.

  • http://www.michilines.wordpress.com Michelle

    Well, Jim, again you don’t understand how the law works. And FOX didn’t do anything but tag along. The screamers get their red meat and you get your blog hits. That’s all that really matters, no?

    We have a system of justice. It may not always work the way you or I want it to, but for the most part, it works.

    Attorneys do pro bono work all the time. Defense lawyers defend the indefensible all the time. It ‘s in our Constitution.

    And while some of your readers may think that executive powers allow a president to label certain people outside of the Constitution, they are wrong.

    You all got your red meat. Will you just take it and admit that you have been vigilantes?

  • Solaratov

    March 3rd, 2010 | 9:18 pm | #16
    soros is a notorious self-hater who collaborated with the nazis in ww2.

    Soros was also a snitch for the communists in his native Hungary after WW2. And he was responsible for the deaths of many Hungarian Freedom Fighters in the revolution of 1956.And, while other, better Hungarians were fighting for freedom from the Russian yoke, soros went about robbing banks and art galleries. That’s where his fortune originated.
    After the revolution was crushed, soros was *allowed* to leave Hungary. (He didn’t have to escape. His communist masters gave him a ticket out.)
    And the rest is history.

    Soros has a long, sordid history of selling out his own people to totalitarians.

  • http://www.michilines.wordpress.com Michelle

    OMG, Soros may have had a hand in the devaluation of the Malaysian currency in the 90’s, but to attribute the deaths of “Freedom Fighters” in 1956 is a stretch.

    Bitter, your name is Solaratov.

  • http://thespiritofman.blogspot.com Winston

    Enemy within……….