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Identifying the Gitmo Terrorist Lawyers at DOJ

4:27 PM, Feb 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Quin Hillyer writes:

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is rightly unhappy that the Justice Department won't divulge the names of the nine Justice Department lawyers who directly represented suspected-terrorist detainees, or their cases. Grassley identified two himself, Neal Katyal (an aside: Katyal is a very impressive guy and very charming and level-headed) and Jennifer Daskal. Well, we've identified two more of them: Deputy AG counsel Eric Columbus and Office of Legal Counsel lawyer Jonathan Cedarbaum.We also reminded people of a Legal Times report that named 14 DoJ attorneys who likely would have to recuse themselves from specific detainee cases because of the work of their former law firms. We also remind people that back in November we reported, in an exclusive, that Associate Attorney Genreal Thomas J. Perrilli had to recuse himself at least 39 times, and we named the names of the detainees involved reports that Grassley continues to press Holder on the issue:

“The administration has made many highly questionable decisions when it comes to national security, chief among them the decisions related to these Guantanamo detainees. First, they want to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and bring terrorists to U.S. soil. Then, they want to try the mastermind of the deadliest attack against our country on U.S. soil in our civilian courts, and give him more constitutional rights than our own service members who are court marshaled. Americans are concerned about these decisions. They have a right to know who advises the Attorney General and the President on these critical matters,” Grassley said. “Maybe the third time will be the charm in getting some answers to these questions.

See a transcript of Grassley's letter to Holder at the link.

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