Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Someone must have greased the sides of the tank that the MSM is in, because it appears that nobody is going to get out of there to do any kind of actual reporting. Case in point, the decision to try KSM and a few other terrorists in NYC in a civilian court. The man responsible for this fiasco (besides Obama) is AG of the US, Eric Holder.

After about 3 minutes of exhausting digging, I found the website of Holder's old law firm, Covington and Burling LLP (Holder was a senior partner), and took at look at some of their pro bono work. Seems like they have a vested interest in getting these terrorists civilian trials because they REPRESENT a bunch of Gitmo detainees. Talk about your conflict of interests!!!

Where are you, media???

Guantanamo Bay Detainees

We represent sixteen men detained at the United States Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Most of the men have been detained for approximately seven years. None have been charged with any crimes, and none have been accorded the protections of the Geneva Convention. In Boumediene v. Bush, 128 S. Ct. 2229 (2008), where we were co-counsel for eleven of the detainees, the Supreme Court held that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus extends to detainees held at Guantánamo Bay. Following that decision, we have been preparing for habeas corpus hearings to be held in federal district court Washington, DC, for eleven of our clients.

The firm has been involved in the Guantánamo related litigation for the last five years. In addition to the on-going habeas corpus proceedings, our efforts have included: bringing cases for review of enemy combatant classification decisions in the D.C. Circuit under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005; challenging the destruction of CIA torture tapes in federal court; filing amicus briefs and coordinating the amicus effort in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006); filing amicus briefs in support of Supreme Court review in Moussaoui v. United States, 382 F.3d 483 (4th Cir.), cert denied, 544 U.S. 931 (2005); challenging the government’s practice of redacting information from documents given to security-cleared habeas counsel; and challenging the abusive medical and living conditions that the detainees experience at Guantánamo.

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