Friday, March 5, 2010

Is there A Fifth Column in the Justice Department?

We mentioned before that U.S. Attorney General Holder's former law firm represented enemy combatants in court, which poses a fundamental conflict of interest for him and his staff. The news media--which was really, really concerned about Justice Department politicization in the prior administration--has pretty much ignored this story. The Keep America Safe organization released this video about the so-called Al Qaeda Seven: has more on the story:
The video by the group Keep America Safe, which dubbed the seven lawyers "The Al Qaeda 7," is the latest salvo in a lengthty political battle.
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.
An extensive review of court documents and media reports by Fox News suggests many of the seven lawyers in question played only minor or short-lived roles in advocating for detainees. However, it's unclear what roles, if any, they have played in detainee-related matters since joining the Justice Department.
On FNC, Charles Krauthammer discusses these "radical civil libertarians" in the Justice Department who have a "peculiar understanding of the constitution":

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