Former Terrorist Defense Attorney Promoted to Number 3 Ranking Official at Justice Department

March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm (Eric Holder, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, J. Chrisitian Adams, Justice Department, Taliban, Terrorist, Tony West)

Not only did he defend admitted American terrorist John Walker Lindh, but Tony West is specifically in charge of developing U.S. policy pertaining to Guantanamo inmates. 

Conflict of interest?

Via Fox News:

A former Justice Department attorney who blew the whistle on his department’s policies is now questioning the promotion of a former defense attorney for an American terrorist to the No. 3 spot at the Justice Department — specifically charged with crafting U.S. policy on Guantanamo detainees.

J. Christian Adams, once an elections lawyer who accused the Justice Department of racial bias in its decision to not prosecute a voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party, said Tony West’s promotion from assistant attorney general for the Civil Division to acting associate attorney general is one more step toward letting radicals run the Justice Department.

“The most dangerous thing is that West is overseeing Gitmo policy. It’s not that he’s just some guy at the Justice Department licking envelopes,” Adams told Fox News on Sunday.

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, noted that in Holder’s announcement of West’s promotion, he “conveniently omitted” West’s role as the defense attorney for convicted Al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting with the Taliban.

“He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region,” Judicial Watch noted of Lindh.

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The Audacity of Opacity: Obama Least Transparent of Last 6 Presidents

March 5, 2012 at 10:23 am (Darrell Issa, Fast and Furious, FOI, FOIA, Freedom, Freedom of Information, Government, Information, President Obama, Transparency)

You mean the administration that rammed healthcare down our throats via backroom deals and a mantra of ‘we have to pass it to find out what’s in it’, isn’t the most transparent administration in history after all?

Shocking.

We’ve executed several FOIA requests with the White House, none of which have been answered in the proper amount of time.  In fact, they’ve still not been answered, with some approaching a full year since they were executed.

Congressman Issa has continually been stonewalled by the administration regarding Fast and Furious.  So why is this a surprise?

From Politico:

President Barack Obama set a high bar for open government, and he set it quickly.

A minute after he took office, the White House website declared his administration would become “the most open and transparent in history.” By the end of his first full day on the job, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging “a new era” and “an unprecedented level of openness” across the massive federal government.

But three years into his presidency, critics say Obama’s administration has failed to deliver the refreshing blast of transparency that the president promised.

“Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it,” said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. “This administration is raising one barrier after another. … It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I’m really stunned.”

You shouldn’t be, this is Chicago politics.

Read the rest here…

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