Judicial Watch • Al Qaeda Defense Atty. No. 3 At Obama DOJ

Al Qaeda Defense Atty. No. 3 At Obama DOJ

Al Qaeda Defense Atty. No. 3 At Obama DOJ

MARCH 01, 2012

In a scary development, a major Obama fundraiser who defended a convicted al Qaeda terrorist will become the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice (DOJ), which, ironically, is charged with defending the interests of the United States.

Northern California lawyer Tony West has been named Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 guy at the agency. In 2009 West, who helped Obama raise tens of millions of dollars as finance co-chairman of his first presidential campaign, was appointed to help run the DOJ’s civil division which represents the government, Congress and presidential cabinet officers and handles cases dealing with significant policy issues.

In a statement announcing the promotion this week, Attorney General Eric Holder says West has served the department with “professionalism, integrity and dedication.” Holder also mentions West’s work before coming to the DOJ a few years ago, including a stint as a Special Assistant Attorney General in California and a lengthier career at a large San Francisco law firm.

Conveniently omitted in the press release is that West represented convicted al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance as a member of the Taliban army. He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region.

Holder also knows a thing or two about defending terrorists. After all, he was a senior partner in a prestigious Washington D.C. law firm (Covington & Burling) that represented more than a dozen Yemeni terrorists held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. While Holder was a senior partner the firm employed a number of radical attorneys to provide the Islamic extremists with thousands of hours of free legal representation, according to a news report.

Another highlight in Holder’s resume is that he orchestrated Bill Clinton’s shameful last-minute pardons, including that of a fugitive financier and a pair of jailed domestic terrorists. In fact, shortly after the pardon scandal, Holder predicted that his public career was over. Under his leadership the DOJ has been embroiled in a number of high-profile scandals, including a gun-running operation (Fast and Furious) in which weapons were sold to Mexican drug cartels. One was later used to murder a federal agent. Judicial Watch has sued the DOJ to obtain records involving the operation.


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  • Houston Keys

    Ah yes. Another crown jewel in the DOJ.

    How about that also, just in time for the Friday “Document Dump”.

  • Fernande M Rivers

    Simply following Mr. Obama’s orders…In his book: Audacity of Hope: Mr. Obama stated…”I will stand with the Muslims, should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    We have someone with this mentality running our Great Nation…Keep your eye on him and don’t blink…Be aware of the attitude and character of this sitting President…

  • jgilmore51

    This is another sad attempt to distort the truth. The level of propaganda we have been subjected to should be unconstitutional. When i read blogs and comments such as these I am ashamed to call myself a republican. When did the actual facts become irrelevant? Why do you think we cannot even field a worthy candidate? To blame a president for an accused criminal receiving representation at his or her trial, how far will we reach? I guess Bush was perfect….no special interests during his tenure… What a disgrace we have become to ourselves and our nation……

  • Tammy Scott

    This man and his cronies are corrupt, Throw them all out…. Nothing honest about this last 3 years…. Sick of all of them.

  • lonesirvyvor

    President Obama and the Holder Justice Department evidently have no interest in clean elections this year, so this responsibility has now fallen to Judicial Watch. And given the rampant election fraud that occurred during the last two election cycles, this is a matter of the highest priority as we head into the 2012 election season. It is simply impossible to have any faith in the integrity of an election where dead people remain on the voting rolls. This is a recipe for voter fraud and stolen elections,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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