Al-Qaeda Defense Attorney Appointed to Third Highest Position at DOJ



An attorney who represented a convicted al Qaeda terrorist will soon be the third highest ranking official in the Department of Justice.  Tony West, whose claim to fame is in having defended John Walker Lindh, has been appointed acting associate attorney general of the Department of Justice.

Lindh, a resident of Marin County, CA, at the time, fought against the US-backed Northern Alliance, in Afghanistan, as a member of the Taliban.  Lindh pled guilty to aiding the Taliban.

Prior to serving in the Justice Department, West and his San Francisco law firm defended “some of the most radical Islamic terrorist causes,” according to PJ Media.

PJ Media reports:

“West’s firm also was involved in the case of Mohamed vs. Jeppesen Dataplan, effectively attacking the CIA high value detainee rendition program. They also assisted the defense of Mohammed Al Qahtani, considered the 20th hijacker.”

West is also the federal prosecutor overseeing the Arizona Immigration Lawsuit and is member of a group which represents terror suspects, called Gitmo 9. Additionally, West is known for his appreciable fundraising for Obama.  As Obama’s finance co-chairman he was successful in raising millions of dollars for Obama’s first campaign,

Eric Holder also worked for a law firm which defended terrorists.  When Holder was a senior partner at D.C. law firm, Covington & Burling, the firm represented over a dozen Yemeni terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay.  Though Holder, himself, didn’t represent any of the detainees, he did make this statement regarding the defense of suspected terrorists: “Those who reaffirm our nation’s most essential and enduring values do not deserve to have their own values questioned.”

Yet, one of the most alarming elements of the DOJ’s hiring practices is that members of the GITMO bar, tasked with overseeing GITMO policy, may not have adequately recused themselves:

“Other attorneys in the civil division who came from firms that represented detainees—such as Brian Martinez (West’s chief of staff), Geoffrey Graber (counsel to the assistant attorney general), and Ian Gershengorn (West’s deputy in charge of the Federal Programs Branch, which handles habeas petitions)—recused themselves from individual cases where their former firms represented detainees. Gershengorn, however, continued to play a role in setting policy on issues relating to his prior cases. In an email dated July 14, 2009, he wrote, “I have realized that, while I can discuss policy issues arising from substantial support etc., I cannot work directly on the brief because it is one of the Boumediene cases, and Jenner had an amicus brief in that case.” (This begs the question of who, if anyone, was supervising the habeas petitions and the matters from which the political appointees were recused.)”

We have a situation in which Department of Justice attorneys, with a background of defending terrorists, are in the position of drafting policy regarding terrorists.  But, the problem runs deeper than that.   For more in-depth information on the DOJ’s hiring practices, please read the following report:

‘Every Single One’: PJ Media’s Investigation of Justice Department Hiring Practices

-Candice Lanier

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000109262614 David B McKenzie

    More evidence to use at 0bama’s treason trial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=801559172 Cheryl Meinke

    It figures! This DOJ is so incompetent, they would hire an attorney with no morals!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000024241171 Marvin Gardens

    Well, lets see.. Is there a pattern here?? Holder was Janet Waco’s waterboy, instrumental in Elian Gonzales deportation, The name Terry Schaivo seems familiar too.. Maybe they are hiring him to protect the SEIU and Black Panthers in the upcoming election…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668851424 Mark Rodriguez

    thank the University.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1393338175 Allen Lewis Jr.

    that is the “Just Us” Department

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1393338175 Allen Lewis Jr.

    that is the “Just Us” Department

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000649514125 Will McLean

    Another POS Obama appointee

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1322957122 Tom Arnold

    way to go Obummer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613945694 Tyler Ham

    ……..are you f*cking kidding me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210015501 Michael Golubiewski

    the left is going to see to it that Al-Qaeda takes us over without firing a shot … amazing how clueless some people choose to be

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481866578 Kelly ‘Baker’ Lang

    Are the democrats even getting tired of this crap????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721967733 Matthew Mead

    nothing surprises me anymore

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721967733 Matthew Mead

    nothing surprises me anymore

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8310405 William Fullington

    I don’t know much about this guy…but didn’t John Adams represent the British soldiers after the Boston massacre?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8310405 William Fullington

    I don’t know much about this guy…but didn’t John Adams represent the British soldiers after the Boston massacre?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1422188254 Katherine Clarke Buckner

    How is this not TREASON?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1422188254 Katherine Clarke Buckner

    How is this not TREASON?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000200007675 Gail Spencer

    Why am I not surprised. Just think about the morons that voted for him and will again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110676862 Freddie Blackmon

    Jokes on is……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110676862 Freddie Blackmon

    Jokes on is……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569392278 Christopher Anderson

    What’s wrong with that? He was just doing his job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569392278 Christopher Anderson

    What’s wrong with that? He was just doing his job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001527905525 Alex Massie

    Every element of the federal government has been infiltrated in plain sight with socialists, communists, and muslim sympathizers. Should we be concerned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001527905525 Alex Massie

    Every element of the federal government has been infiltrated in plain sight with socialists, communists, and muslim sympathizers. Should we be concerned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000512335796 Mordecai Yitzhak

    Kathrine – It’s called doing your job, distasteful as it may be. If you are a public defender, or assigned by a court to represent someone, you do it. End of discussion. It’s also called the American legal system, in which when you hang someone, it’s supposed to be as a result of a “fair trial” in which the government proved each and every element of the offence charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000512335796 Mordecai Yitzhak

    Kathrine – It’s called doing your job, distasteful as it may be. If you are a public defender, or assigned by a court to represent someone, you do it. End of discussion. It’s also called the American legal system, in which when you hang someone, it’s supposed to be as a result of a “fair trial” in which the government proved each and every element of the offence charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386264690 David Ward

    Ya lovin’ the systematic takeover of our country…they’re doing it without firing a shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386264690 David Ward

    Ya lovin’ the systematic takeover of our country…they’re doing it without firing a shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176315290 Jeaux Hines

    Maybe we can give the Mexican drug lords even more guns in an attempt to make legal US gun owners look bad. Eric Holder needs all the help he can get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176315290 Jeaux Hines

    Maybe we can give the Mexican drug lords even more guns in an attempt to make legal US gun owners look bad. Eric Holder needs all the help he can get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509259483 Christopher Benjamin

    We’re all so, so screwed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509259483 Christopher Benjamin

    We’re all so, so screwed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354650498 Barbara Hutton Reidy

    It is so “in your face”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575244768 Kevin Smith

    so, John Lennon DID live in the best times of the US…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000188738858 Richard Besse

    Of course! Did you expect anything less from the Obama administration then to further the islamic rise in America? Allah sucks pig, Burn the korans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550246703 David M Cianci

    How is this even possible???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362865625 Chris Beckman

    Mordecai, fair trail for nocombants. Please know the law before you quote it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000445115441 Gregory Shawn Martin

    please fasten your seatbelts, and keep your arms inside the ride at all times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664049639 Michael Sizemore

    He was just doing his job Christopher? Wtf is wrong with you? The terrorists are “just doing their jobs”, that doesn’t make it acceptable. He had every right to refuse and go to another law firm. This stuff is getting ridiculous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326815164 James Damron

    He and Holder fit in well together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000438716025 Michael Fundaro

    I guess we have to Hope that he has Changed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689632869 Vannessa Blasingame Burson

    I would not think this was a joke. This is par for the Obama course!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1634067622 Ronald Ferguson

    Nice