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.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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

  • huh:

    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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Enemy within……….

  • So, Winston, a Constitutional requirement is something aligned with the enemy?

  • Jo


    “We have a system of justice”
    March 3rd, 2010 | 9:28 pm | #17

    Me thinks you are delusional or propagandist. Holder let go 19 terrorists in July of 1999 so Hillary could get the Puerto Rican vote. this is a fact that this admin. is unethical to the utmost degree. Iran believes Ovomit is the Mahdi, come to wipe-out the west. Well, looking at what Ovomit has accomplished so far, I say he looks good as the prime candidate.

  • Oh Jo, you reach way back — but not as far back as Solo did.

    You know, even if you think someone was correctly convicted, others may disagree. Or put another way, when the judicial system works out in a way that you disagree with, then you just have to stew — until your party’s president gets to pardon or “convalesce” the problematic person.

    I’s go back to the topic, but you would have to have your Chinese made plastic copy of the Constitution handy. Do you?

  • Man, oh man, does Washington need a good scrubbing!

  • Opus, so you pulled out your plastic copy of the Constitution and decided that, given the circumstances, the Constitution is expendable.


  • Alex


    The Bush Administration had several attorneys in its DOJ that had defended **alleged** terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Alex

    I’m assured that the learned readership of Gateway Pundit is knowledgeable of the fact that a great many of the detainees — some of whom died there — were later found to be completely innocent. Don’t let that preclude you from labeling them Evil Dangerous Terrorists, though. Hell, if the government claims it, it has to be true.

  • Alex, shame on you for making anyone think.

    Their plastic pocket Sean Hannity China Constitutions won’t help them now !!111!!1

    Big “L” on all your foreheads.

  • Moright

    So you pulled the Gateway watch tonight, Michelle? Go to bed.

  • bg


    Alex @ 11:18 pm #26

    [Still, the video released Tuesday includes the image of a recent Investors Business Daily headline wondering whether the Department of Justice could be called the “Department of Jihad.”

    “Why the secrecy?” asks the video from Keep America Safe, which is run by Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Debra Burlingame, whose brother was killed in the 9/11 attacks, and Bill Kristol, a Fox News contributor.


    The Obama Administration is not the first to hire lawyers who represented or advocated for terror suspects.

    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.]

    gee, i thought they didn’t have attorneys under Bush.. isn’t that why
    the jihad lawyers went to work acquiring 5th amendment rights for terrorists when Bush was in office??

    2 + 2 = 5


  • bg


    btw re: bg #30

    Eric Holder’s Law Firm Represents Gitmo Detainees

    i believe the gripe is not about defending terrorists
    per se, but the “conflict of interest” they represent..

    identities of these seven DOJ attorneys who represented terrorists before joining the Holder Justice Department.


  • bg


    “one can lead a liberal to knowledge,
    but one cannot make a liberal think”


  • AuntieMadder

    March 3rd, 2010 | 10:43 pm | #23

    “I’s go back to the topic…

    Sounds like you need to go back to the ghetto, instead. “I’s” thinks you and the rest of your troll buddies are idiots.

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  • Patti


    Absolutely correct. This “gripe” has nothing whatsoever to do with giving the accused council and a defence.

    The above discussion is not the point and is only a diversion away from the nature of the activism and advocacy that many of these attorneys have previously involved themselves in-mostly on a volunteer basis.

    The question is whether they have a predetermined interest above and beyond that of the usual defence attorney(advocacy) and if that interest goes above and beyond the interests of US citizens. I say that there is enough reason to believe that is the case with these particular lawyers and there is a conflict of interests quite apparent in this.

    It is extremely odd to think that of all the lawyers that could be picked by this department that so many were previously involved with detainees. Why would these folks feature so prominently in the new administration ? There is a reason and we, the people, are owed an explanation beyond the weasel words we have been treated to.


    My guess is this information is a sore spot with the administration. They seem to have sent out some trolls to defend this decision. Go Liz Cheney.

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  • Patti

    I’ll get over it just as soon as every one of them recuses themselves from any involvement in the upcoming show trials.

    I wll get over it when there is an uniquivocal guarantee that none of their previous advocacy work or ongoing work contributes in any way, shape or form.

    Revealing their names is not that guarantee.

  • The film posted along with this article is, at the moment, stunning, at least to me. Mr. Holder is encouraged because he thinks America is on the way to becoming a Progressive country???

    The Obama administration must get it together and try to understand the country they live in.

    Hopefully, we are far from being a Progressive

    Also, didn’t Mr. Soros run away from the Nazis in his youth? I don’t care for Mr. Soros’ values, but we have to be honest – or we lose.

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  • Rob

    Hey retards, 39 of the nations 50 largest law firms have represented terrorists, including Rudy Giuliani’s firm. Also, military JAGs also have represented GTMO prisoners and terrorist suspects. You pretty much can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a lawyer connected with defending terrorists.

    Stop pretending you care about the war and the safety of our country; if you did, you’d put on a uniform and head to the hot, sandy parts of the world to defend freedom. Instead you’d rather buy cheap chinese yellow ribbons for your cars in a lame attempt to show your ignorant “support” for the troops.

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