Skip to comments.Obama Donor Heads Organization that Freed Terrorist Accused of Plotting Attack in Benghazi
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.
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but but but.....they said Bush did it.
Might be something interesting in this article.
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.
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 peoples 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 Obamas 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
Thanks for the ping, I am digging.
Those attacks resulted in the
This should read :
of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other
Those attacks resulted in the
Great find, It would be great to know who these people have talked too in country in the last year.
Thanks for posting this....very interesting!
Funny how all these trails lead right back to the Muslim Brutha in the WH isn’t it?
The unholy Alliance....
but no for diplomat bodyguards
Must be mystery week at FR. :)
Ratner is the brother of radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Ellen Ratner
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 administrations 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.
International Socialist Review
Obamas 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 Peoples 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.
LETS START with the Obama administrations 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. Whats 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, Lets go to court, and see if theres 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. Its down to maybe 200-some now. But we expected betterand now it may go on for years. We really thought that Obama wouldnt 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 hasnt worked out that way at all, and its 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. Obamas 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, its more than a year and a half after that order, and it is not near closed. Obamas 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.
International Socialist Review
The Dean of the Gitmo Bar
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. Dont 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 wordsimplying that the organizations 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.