Skip to comments.Liz Cheney Accused of McCarthyism
Posted on 03/06/2010 4:36:28 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and co-founder of the advocacy group Keep America Safe, is being criticized on the right for going too far in an ad deeming Justice Department lawyers who represented Guantanamo Bay detainees the "al-Qeada seven" and calling for their identities to be revealed.
After Paul Mirengoff posted on the conservative Power Line blog that "it is entirely inappropriate to suggest that these lawyers share the values of terrorists or to dub the seven DOJ lawyers 'The al Qaeda Seven,'" the Huffington Post reached out to him for further comment.
"It could be worse than some of the assertions made by McCarthy, depending on some of the validity of those assertions," Mirengoff said. "It is just baseless to suggest that [these DoJ officials] share al Qaeda values... they didn't actually say it but I think it was a fair implication of what they were saying."
(Mirengoff wrote after his comments were posted that "the quotes themselves are accurate, but I think the characterization of what I said is somewhat misleading," writing "I don't think I said or implied that the video is comparable to or worse than the totality of what goes by the name of McCarthyism or to the 'crusades' launched by Sen. McCarthy.")
It was not the first time McCarthy had been raised in reference to the video. Ken Gude of the liberal Center for American Progress said the following, according to the Washington Monthly: "This is exactly what Joe McCarthy did. Not kind of like McCarthyism; this is exactly McCarthyism."
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America could use a healthy dose of McCarthyism these days.
I just don’t understand the insult or shock value of “McCarthyism”.
He was right. That fact just keeps getting glossed over.
We need to do it again, only this time, FINISH THE JOB.
McCarthyism is one of the highest forms of patriotism.
That was my thought as well. The only people who don’t like McCarthy’s attempts to protect our nation from the enemy, is the enemy.
We're all McCarthys now!
May I suggest that his Conservative credentials be pulled. In the future he will be dealt with like any other Leftwingtard, particularly one who has managed to out himself as a troll.
I think the ad is effective. I don’t know why Mirengoff is so sure that they don’t share the al-Qaida viewpoint. I think there is a fair chance that they do.
Even Gene McCarthy? LOL!
Any bets on how much empathy Paul Mirengoff and Ken Gude had for what Prop 8 supporters have endured? Oh, and Joe McCarthy has been vindicated by history.
Uhhhmmm...McCarthy was right.
Accusing someone of McCarthyism is itself McCarthyism.
Go, Liz! You’ve got them on the run.
Let it be known that the reality is the Kremlin files have proven McCarthy in large part correct.
Didn’t Robert Kennedy work right along beside Joe McCarthy in fighting communism?
Yes, even Charlie McCarthy!
Just like the expired Race Card (which is the next attack), McCarthyism is dead. Anyway McCarthy was right. Or has the Fascist forgot about the fall of the soviet Union and the truth was known.
Keep America Safe Executive Director Aaron Harison said :
” The American people have a right to know whether lawyers who used to represent terrorists,
including advocating for their immediate release,
are now working on detainee issues inside the Department of Justice,” he said.
“There was no ethical obligation on the part of these lawyers to come to the defense of the terrorists.
( Bingo ! )
Attorneys who chose to spend their pro bono hours defending terrorists, many of whom killed Americans,
did so voluntarily and that decision rightly raises questions about their judgment.
( Amen ! )
In our system of democracy, the American people have a right to hold a President accountable for the people he hires.”
Absolutely. I know Liz Cheney will not back down because she’s a Cheney.
Like her father , Keeping America Safe is her highest priority.
Something no one will ever say about Obama.
Well, McCarthy was RIGHT, so if you’re going to do something.. GO WITH WHAT WORKS!!
So when dems trash McCarthy, they should also point out that President Kennedy called him a "Great American Patriot" & Bobby Kennedy worked with him!
So when they trash McCarthy they trash two of their own.
They are really scared of Liz. I think they now realize that Palin is a joke, so now they are turning their attention to Liz, because they know she will be a much tougher opponent.
SeeBS reporting on the accusers? Not surprised.
You can defend these scum but you can’t flip to the other side and make policy. Totally unethical.
It was just a few years ago that we found that Fat Teddy was feeding info to the Soviets in a bid to unseat Carter. The fat SOB should have lived out his last few years in a federal prison over that alone.
Bobby Kennedy worked for the DOJ during the Truman administration and later served briefly as an attorney for McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Just more of the democrat’s selective history in action.
You know, I read and hear so much vitriol from the Left akin to this with NOBODY in the MSM claiming they may have “gone too far” or finding people to offer a rebuke that I don’t think Liz should apologize to anyone.
Where was this media outrage when ELECTED members on the Left were calling our soldiers murderers and rapists? Where was their outrage when our soldiers were being accused of torture? Weren’t they just doing their jobs the best they could?
Don’t back down, Liz. Leak their names and let them be exposed.
Naturally the Presstitutes want to attack and destroy her just like they did Dan Qualye, and are trying to do the Sarah Palin.
So, now McCarthyism applies to private citizens exercising their Freedom of Speech?
Yes, that's why the the left has been totally ignoring Sarah. Perhaps you're the one who's a joke.
Fighting Obamas Stalinism with McCarthyism...I kind of like it...
Shove your ‘McCarthism’ charge up your fat arse, CBS.
Ditto that observation.
Why, yes, I think its fair to point out that the Left is generally sympathetic to jihadists.
I also think its fair to point out that the Left prefers to hold AQ blameless for 911 and to blame the United States. They waited maybe four hours after the 911 attacks to start blaming the US and really have never stopped.
And these lawyers in particular have fought to close Guantanamo, fought to put CIA on trial, fought to put Bush and Cheney on trial, fought to get AQ and Talibs released from prison, fought to get Bin Ladin's bodyguard released, and now want to be trusted to prosecute Americans. And to prosecute Al Qaeda after spending years defending them. No, no conflict of interest there.
These are the kind of monsters we've elected into the White House.
He never should have had conservative credentials. Here is what he does for a living:
Mr. Mirengoff received his A.B. summa cum laude in 1971 from Dartmouth College and his J.D. in 1974 from Stanford Law School, where he served on the Stanford Law Review. He is a contributor to the books Employment Discrimination Law by Schlei and Grossman and Sexual Harassment in Employment Law by Lindemann and Kadue, and the author of several law review articles in the field of employment law. He has also published a column about affirmative action in The Washington Post.
Mabey we should have a “McCarthyism Party” as a third party. That would get their attention.
McCarthyism= calling a Communist a Communist.
If McCarthyism is needed, Liz Cheney will do a better job of it than McCarthy himself.
She’s bright, knows her facts, calm, soft spoken, but wields a verbal gurka dagger when the Democrat interviewing her resorts to the usual name-calling tactic.
i also think it’s fair to point out that these lawyers have a conflict of interest, at the very least, in DOJ - being on the side of prosecuting Al Qaeda, not defending it. that is the point.
"After printing rabidly venomous accounts of McCarthy for half a century based on zero research, liberals would only accept research presenting an alternative view of McCarthy that included, as the Los Angeles Times put it, at least the “pretense of scholarly throat-clearing and objectivity.”
“This week, they got it. The great M. Stanton Evans has finally released Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies . Based on a lifetime's work, including nearly a decade of thoroughgoing research, stores of original documents and never-before-seen government files, this 672-page book ends the argument on Joe McCarthy. Look for it hidden behind stacks of Bill Clinton's latest self-serving book at a bookstore near you.
Evans’ book is such a tour de force that liberals are already preparing a “yesterday's news” defense — as if they had long ago admitted the truth about McCarthy.
The true story of Joe McCarthy, told in meticulous, irrefutable detail in “Blacklisted by History,” is that from 1938 to 1946, the Democratic Party acquiesced in a monstrous conspiracy being run through the State Department, the military establishment, and even the White House to advance the Soviet cause within the U.S. government.
Blacklisted by History proves that every conventional belief about McCarthy is wrong, including:
— That he lied about his war service: He was a tailgunner in World War II;
— That he was a drunk: He would generally nurse a single drink all night;
— That he made the whole thing up: He produced loads of Soviet spies in government jobs;
— That he just did it for political gain: He understood perfectly the godless evil of communism"
Trust the anti-Palin nuts to fight mightily to turn every single thread (even the ones that have absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with Sarah Paain), into a nasty anti-Palin thread.
Hey, why don't you go get a life?
Much of what he said was covered in congressional hearings after WW2. It was there for anyone who was interested. ‘’Jouralists’’ ignored it.
Ha. When Liz Cheney uses the Left’s tactics against them, all of a sudden they squeal McCarthyism?
No it is not.
Some of these Al Quaeda DOJ lawyers referred to the military tribunals as “kangaroo courts”.
Reality: Those military tribunals were passed into law by a bill in the congress in 2006.
Military Commissions Act of 2006
President George W. Bush signs into law S. 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, during a ceremony on October 17, 2006 in the East Room of the White House.The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006, also known as HR-6166, was an Act of Congress signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006. Drafted in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Act's stated purpose was “To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes.”
After suffering legal challenges from the loony left in court, the military tribunals were re-confirmed as valid and legal by the United States Supreme Court.
Paul Mirengoff needs to get off the liberal Kool Aid.
Ann Coulter, in one of her books, chronicles all the various libs who say "this time she's gone too far" in response to various columns or comments. Her defense of McCarthy was one of them.
The proof that Liz struck a "truth nerve" is being accused of going too far.
Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 11:18 a.m. EDT
Blind Sheik’s Lawyer: ‘I’m Not a Traitor.”
In a letter to the judge, civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart proclaimed “I am not a traitor.”
She acknowledged that she zealously tried to save a blind Egyptian sheik from life in prison for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks. But she argued that the government’s characterization of her was wrong and took unfair advantage of the “hysteria that followed 9/11 and that was re-lived during the trial.”
On Monday, that judge was to decide whether Stewart, 67, should join her former client behind bars for enabling him to communicate with his followers. Prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Stewart was convicted in February 2005 of providing material support to terrorists. She had released a statement by Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who she represented at his 1995 trial and who was sentenced to life in prison for plots to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate Egypt’s president.
In court papers, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl that Stewart’s “egregious, flagrant abuse of her profession, abuse that amounted to material support to a terrorist group, deserves to be severely punished.”
You'd think they'd be smart enough to not call attention to themselves.
So you think Palin is a joke?Very telling.