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Meet the DOJ Lawyers Who Defended Terrorist Detainees

8:19 PM, Mar 3, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Still other lawyers did work on behalf of these well known terrorists: Jose Padilla (an al Qaeda operative dispatched by senior al Qaeda terrorists to launch attacks inside America in 2002), John Walker Lindh (the American Taliban), and Saleh al Marri (who 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent to America on September 10, 2001 in anticipation of committing future attacks). 

Now, we don’t know what assignments these lawyers have taken on inside government. But we do know that they openly opposed the American government for years, on behalf of al Qaeda terrorists, and their objections frequently went beyond rational, principled criticisms of detainee policy.

It is one thing to raise legal objections to detainee policy. It is quite another to compare a known al Qaeda member to your average “green-card holder,” or to claim that Omar Khadr’s rights as a “child” have been abused.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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