Holder elevates al-Qaeda lawyer to top Justice Department post

By  via The Examiner

In a semi-stealth promotion, a major Barack Obama fundraiser  who served as a defense lawyer for a convicted al-Qaeda terrorist is  scheduled to become the third-highest ranking Department of Justice executive,  according to a March 1 report from an “inside the Beltway” watchdog group.

California-based attorney Tony West was named Assistant Attorney General  for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 man at the Justice Department,  according to Judicial Watch.

“This is a disturbing turn of events when a lawyer is given such a sensitive  position based on his ability to raise campaign funds for a politician. Here you  have a man linked to a terrorist group who is now a top Justice Department  official. It smacks of corruption,” said political strategist and attorney  Michael Baker in an interview with the Law  Enforcement Examiner.

“West fits the Justice Department hierarchy quite nicely. This is a DOJ  that’s more concerned with the treatment of terrorists by U.S. authorities than  with the killing of Americans by terrorists. He’s more interested in prosecuting  police officers who arrest illegal aliens than he is in prosecuting illegal  aliens who kill, rape and rob American citizens. It’s the most politicized DOJ  in my lifetime,” said Baker.

West assisted candidate Obama in raising tens of millions of dollars as  a co-chairman for Senator Obama’s presidential campaign, notes Judicial Watch, a  group known for its successful investigations and prosecutions  of government corruption and abuse.

In 2009 West 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.

“During his time as Assistant Attorney General, West has bolstered the Civil  Division’s affirmative civil enforcement efforts in areas such as health care  fraud, procurement fraud and mortgage fraud.   Since January 2009, the  Civil Division has used the False Claims Act to recover over $8.8 billion in  taxpayer money lost to fraud and abuse – the largest three-year total in the  Department’s history,” stated Holder.

Conveniently omitted from the press release is that West represented  convicted al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year  prison sentence, according to Judicial Watch’s blog.

Lindh — or Jihad Johnny — 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, according to case records.

“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,” according to the JW blog.

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 report by Michelle Malkin.

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. In fact, shortly after the pardon scandal, Holder  predicted that his public career was over, said the JW blogger.

“Anyone living in New York City in the 1970s remembers the rash of bombings  at banks, financial institutions and government buildings by the Puerto Rican  terrorist group the FALN,”  Baker told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

“The Clinton administration gave these terrorists full pardons in order to  garner the Latino vote for Hillary Clinton during her run for the New  York senate seat,” Baker said.

Under his  leadership the DOJ has been embroiled in a number of high-profile  scandals, including a gun-running operation (Fast and Furious) in which weapons  were sold to Mexican drug cartels. One was later used to murder a federal agent.  Judicial Watch has sued the DOJ to obtain records involving the  operation.

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