So little of relevant news actually makes it onto the television/print media that the Internet is a Godsend that gives us the ability to focus on such issues. Thank you, Mr. Gore, for inventing the Internet.
One such story slipped through this week. Did you know that the U.S. Justice Department has a whole bunch of lawyers that work there now, however, prior to joining the Obama/Holder DOJ, they acted as defense counsel FOR TERRORISTS HELD @ GITMO?
Did you know that Holder's prior firm defended 18 such terrorists?
Did you know that Senator Casserly asked Holder during his testimony on the Hill to PROVIDE THE LIST OF DOJ LAWYERS THAT HAVE BEEN RECUSED FROM THE 9/11 CASES BECAUSE THEY PREVIOUSLY REPRESENTED GITMO TERRORISTS?
Did you know that Holder did not commit to providing such a list? He just said that he would consider the request?
Did you know that Holder hemed and hawed in responding to the question saying he could not commit to providing the list because of "attorney-client privilege" considerations?
Did you know that his response was so legally off base, that it would be laughable except for the fact that the Attorney General of the United States does not seem to know that THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE SHIELDS COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE ATTORNEY AND CLIENT FROM BEING REVEALED, AND THAT THE NAME OF THE LAWYER IS NOT A COMMUNICATION AND THEREFORE NOT COVERED BY THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE?
DID YOU KNOW THAT JOE PESCI'S CHARACTER IN MY COUSIN VINNY HAD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE THAN ERIC HOLDER DOES?
Don't you think the American people deserve to know what lawyers in the justice department acted as counsel for accused terrorists?
Let's close with something that Senator Kyl entered into the record during Holder's testimony.
Here is the partial transcript:
SEN. KYL: Let me just close with this point. You said — and this really bothers me, Mr. Attorney General, with all due respect — "For eight years, justice has been delayed for the victims of the 9/11 attacks." I want to put in the record, Mr. Chairman — ask unanimous consent to insert in the record an article called "Justice Delayed" by Andrew McCarthy.
SEN. LEAHY: Without objection.
SEN. KYL: And I'll just quote two paragraphs from this.
"This is chutzpah writ large," he writes. "The principal reason there were so few military trials is the tireless campaign conducted by leftist lawyers to derail military tribunals by challenge (sic/challenging) them in the courts. Many of those lawyers are now working for the Obama Justice Department. That includes Holder, whose firm, Covington & Burling, volunteered its services" —
ATTY GEN. HOLDER: Hah!
SEN. KYL: — "to at least 18 of America's enemies in lawsuits they brought against the American people."
And it concludes, "Within two years, KSM and four fellow war criminals stood ready to plead guilty and proceed to execution. But then the Obama administration blew into Washington. Want to talk about delay? Obama shut down the commission, despite the jihadists' efforts to conclude it by pleading guilty. Obama's team permitted no movement of (sic/on) the case for 11 months, and now has torpedoed a perfectly valid commission case — despite keeping the commission system for other cases — so that we can instead endure an incredibly expensive and burdensome civil (sic/civilian) trial that will take years to complete."