Obama Administration Promotes “Al-Qaeda 7” Lawyer to #3 Position at DOJ

The Liz Cheney-backed group Keep America Safe released this ad in March 2010 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?

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

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. So it only makes sense then that the Obama Administration would promote this guy to #3 at DOJ.
Corruption Chronicles reported, via The Blaze:

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.

Of course, after three years of the Obama administration, this move surprises no one.

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