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Obama Donor Heads Organization that Freed Terrorist Accused of Plotting Attack in Benghazi
Mental Recession ^ | 09/20/2012

Posted on 09/21/2012 8:01:50 AM PDT by rustyweiss74

There are reports tonight that a radical left-wing organization is responsible for helping to free a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay named Abu Sufian bin Qumu. Bin Qumu has been cited by multiple sources at Fox News as at least being involved with, and possibly playing the lead role in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Those attacks resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American diplomats.

Michelle Malkin has revealed that the Center for Constitutional Rights represented Qumu and helped lead the charge in freeing him back in 2007.

President Emeritus of the CCR, Michael Ratner, has long advocated for closing Guantanamo Bay's doors, and for the right of Gitmo detainees within. In a 2009 article for the Huffington Post, Ratner sings the praises of his organization's efforts, calling the release of two thirds of Gitmo detainees an "amazing success".

While feeling that terrorists caught on the battlefield were privy to the same rights as ordinary Americans, Ratner also repeatedly advocated for the prosecution of senior-level Bush administration officials, calling the detention of those terrorists, like bin Qumu, unlawful. His op-ed for CNN made a case for prosecuting former President George W. Bush for torture under the War Crimes Act.

In 2008, Ratner signed an endorsement for Barack Obama in his presidential bid, based on a belief that Obama would best represent the rights of Gitmo detainees. He and 79 other lawyers said in a joint statement, that they believed Obama was the best choice to roll back the Bush-Cheney administration's detention policies in the war on terrorism and thereby to "restore the rule of law, demonstrate our commitment to human rights, and repair our reputation in the world community."

Ratner also endorsed through donation, sending $2,300 to the Obama campaign.

(Excerpt) Read more at menrec.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; chrisstevens; libya; michaelratner

1 posted on 09/21/2012 8:01:58 AM PDT by rustyweiss74
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To: rustyweiss74

but but but.....they said Bush did it.


2 posted on 09/21/2012 8:03:08 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: crosslink

Ping-a-ling

Might be something interesting in this article.


3 posted on 09/21/2012 8:08:04 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: rustyweiss74

anyone know why media still claiming 2 ex marines were staff at 911-2012 attck in lybia? Hillary claimed they were security staff.they were not.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 8:10:50 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: rustyweiss74
How much you wanna bet that Ratner and the 79 lawyers who advocated for closing Gitmo feel no responsibility, whatsoever.
5 posted on 09/21/2012 8:11:49 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: liberalh8ter

They are all working at justice:

DOJ Lawyers Who Represented Terrorism Suspects Detainees Are Identified

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Fox News has identified the seven anonymous Justice Department lawyers who previously represented Guantánamo detainees or terrorism suspects.

Justice Department spokesman Matthew A. Miller confirmed the names to Fox News’ Mike Levine, but did not say whether any of the seven previously anonymous lawyers now work on issues related to Guantánamo detainees.

“Each of the nine people referenced in the letter filed legal briefs that are available by using something as simple as Google,” Miller told Fox News. “We will not participate in an attempt to drag people’s names through the mud for political purposes.”

Miller said “politics has overtaken facts and reality” in the battle over the lawyers’ identities. (Full statement below)

The current Justice Department employees who previously represented Guantánamo detainees or terrorism suspects are:
•Tony West, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.
•Jonathan Cedarbaum, of the Office of Legal Counsel.
•Eric Columbus, senior counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.
•Karl Thompson, of the Office of Legal Counsel.
•Joseph Guerra, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General.
•Tali Farhadian, an official in the Office of the Attorney General.
•Beth Brinkmann, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division.

Two other DOJ lawyers — Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal and National Security Division Attorney Jennifer Daskal – also formerly represented detainees, but their identities had already been known.

In response to the DOJ confirmation, Keep America Safe spokesman Aaron Harison said the organization still wants information on which of the lawyers works on detainee issues within the DOJ.

“The American people have a right to know whether lawyers who voluntarily flocked to Guantanamo to take up the cause of the terrorists are currently working on detainee issues in President Obama’s Justice Department,” Harison said. (Full statement below)

Details about the DOJ lawyers’ involvement in Guantánamo detainee cases are available in the article, which also points out that the Justice Department hired several lawyers who represented Guantánamo detainees during the George W. Bush administration


6 posted on 09/21/2012 8:13:28 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: MissMagnolia

Thanks for the ping, I am digging.


7 posted on 09/21/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: rustyweiss74
Those attacks resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American diplomats.

This should read :

Those attacks resulted in the (deaths) ASSASSINATION
of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other
American diplomats.


8 posted on 09/21/2012 8:24:15 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: rustyweiss74

Our Ambassador died...Zero Lied.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 8:27:43 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: crosslink
Eric Holder's law firm represented terrorists! It only stands to reason that he would pack the DOJ with his other people.

Culture of corruption, Holder, terrorists, Covington-Burling.

10 posted on 09/21/2012 8:29:12 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: liberalh8ter

Great find, It would be great to know who these people have talked too in country in the last year.


11 posted on 09/21/2012 8:38:02 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: dalebert
They were contractors for the State Dept....
12 posted on 09/21/2012 10:08:04 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: rustyweiss74; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; onyx; SunkenCiv; SJackson; Nachum; SierraWasp; ...

Thanks for posting this....very interesting!


13 posted on 09/21/2012 10:12:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Funny how all these trails lead right back to the Muslim Brutha in the WH isn’t it?


14 posted on 09/21/2012 10:16:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye
It is the Far left and part of their agenda on the takedown of America as detailed in Dave Horowitz's book....

The unholy Alliance....

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam And the American Left

15 posted on 09/21/2012 10:36:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

but no for diplomat bodyguards


16 posted on 09/21/2012 10:43:08 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Must be mystery week at FR. :)


17 posted on 09/21/2012 10:45:09 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Want to take on a review for the UnHoly Alliance book:

*****************************

By Evelina

Format:Hardcover
I am a liberal. I recognize that Islam is not liberal. There is nothing liberal about it. I have often wondered how those who call themselves liberal can justify and even side with muslims who want to destroy the west. Horowitz does not know why, of course, but he does lay out how liberals, who consider the US to be a fascist nation, are actively supporting its destruction by a culture that really is a fascist culture. Is it that liberals think once we get rid of the powerful west, the rest of the world will be easily swayed to our way of thinking? This viewpoint is not only stupid it is insulting to non western peoples. It's also amazing that liberals never seem to notice how much muslims and other peoples hate what they regard as the manifestation of liberalsim. Muslims would rather kill their daughters than to have them have children out of wedlock. They hate the idea of children not obeying parents, of religion being mocked, of personal gratification being the end all of existence. The things that liberals want, more freedom of every kind, more sexual liberation, are what muslims abhor. If muslims every got enough power, the first thing they would do is destroy the liberals. So what are liberals thinking?

18 posted on 09/21/2012 10:53:10 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: crosslink
Yes, it would. It would also be great to know what the republicans, who absolutely were aware that Holder's firm represented terrorists yet still voted to approve Holder as AG, were thinking!
19 posted on 09/21/2012 12:50:00 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.


20 posted on 09/21/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rustyweiss74

Ratner is the brother of radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Ellen Ratner

21 posted on 09/21/2012 3:17:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rustyweiss74

CCR President Michael Ratner Talks about Prosecutions of Bush Officials on Democracy Now!

Lawmakers Debate Establishing “Truth Commission” on Bush Admin Torture, Rendition and Domestic Spying

On Capitol Hill, debate has begun over forming a truth commission to shed light on the Bush administration’s secret polices on detention, interrogation and domestic spying. A hearing on the issue was held Wednesday, two days after the Obama administration released a series of once-secret Bush administration Justice Department memos that authorized President Bush to deploy the military to carry out raids inside the United States. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks to human rights attorney Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

https://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/ccr-president-michael-ratner-talks-about-prosecutions-bush-officials-democra


22 posted on 09/21/2012 3:21:37 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rustyweiss74

International Socialist Review

November–December 2010

Obama’s national security state
Interview with Michael Ratner

Michael Ratner is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and is adjunct professor of law at Columbia University Law School. Ratner has also been a lecturer of international human rights litigation at the Yale Law School and the Columbia School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and radio co-host for the civil rights show Law and Disorder. Ratner serves on the board of The Culture Project in New York City and is vice-president of the board of Voices of a People’s History of the United States. He spoke to Anthony Arnove, a member of the ISR editorial board and author of the book Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal.

LET’S START with the Obama administration’s policies on habeas corpus and on torture. As a presidential candidate, Obama said he would close Guantánamo, said he believed in habeas corpus rights, and was critical of President Bush. What’s been his practice since he came to office?

MY OFFICE, CCR, is one of the legal groups that represents many of the Guantánamo detainees and brings these writs of habeas corpus. That is a fancy way of saying, “Let’s go to court, and see if there’s any evidence to hold the person.” The expectations of the team of lawyers representing the detainees was very high that Guantánamo would actually close, that Obama would do it. There were probably a little over 300 people in Guantánamo when he took office. It’s down to maybe 200-some now. But we expected better—and now it may go on for years. We really thought that Obama wouldn’t fight us in court on the rights of the detainees, that he would get the detainees either to another country or he would charge and try them. And of course, it hasn’t worked out that way at all, and it’s a deep disappointment. In fact a lot of the habeas lawyers signed a letter supporting Obama saying his election would actually be good for our clients. Obama’s effort to close it seemingly got off to a somewhat quick start. Obama, within two days of being in office, signed an executive order, which is essentially a presidential order, which said that Guantánamo would be closed in a year. Of course, as we speak now, it’s more than a year and a half after that order, and it is not near closed. Obama’s commitment has been abandoned. And he made a number of other promises that have not been met about secret detention sites, military commissions, and the like.

http://www.isreview.org/issues/74/feat-ratner.shtml

International Socialist Review


23 posted on 09/21/2012 3:24:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rustyweiss74

The Dean of the Gitmo Bar

http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/imagecache/teaser-large/images/teasers/15-27.Theissen.jpg

Meet Michael Ratner, lead terrorist defender.

Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By MARC A. THIESSEN

In recent weeks, controversy has erupted over demands that the Obama administration release the names of lawyers working in the Justice Department who once represented or advocated for captured al Qaeda terrorists. But amid the debate, one name has thus far mostly escaped mention: Michael Ratner. Don’t know him? You should. Ratner is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the organization that is leading the legal crusade on behalf of the al Qaeda detainees.

The center was founded in 1966 by William Kunstler and a group of radical lawyers. Its name is an Orwellian play on words—implying that the organization’s purpose is to defend our constitutional system when its real objective is just the opposite. As Kunstler once told the New York Times, he considered himself a “double agent” whose goal was “working within the system to bring down the system.”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/keyword/Michael-Ratner


24 posted on 09/21/2012 3:26:53 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rustyweiss74

Bump


25 posted on 10/03/2012 4:34:06 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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