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Republicans scold Liz Cheney (Would the GOP please buy a clue?)
yahoo ^ | 3/8/2010 | Ben Smith/Politico

Posted on 03/08/2010 10:47:20 AM PST by tobyhill

A group that includes leading conservative lawyers and policy experts, former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and several senior officials of the last Bush administration is denouncing as “shameful” Republican attacks on lawyers who came to the Obama Justice Department after representing suspected terrorists.

Senate Republicans have demanded details of the lawyers' past work and Liz Cheney’s group “Keep America Safe” has questioned their “values." A drumbeat of Republican criticism forced the Justice Department reluctantly to identify seven of them last week. But the harshness of the criticism – Keep America Safe labeled a group of them the “Al Qaeda Seven” — has provoked a backlash from across the legal establishment.

“We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications,” wrote the 19 lawyers whose names were attached to the statement as of early Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhodoj; keepamericasafe; lawyers; lizcheney

1 posted on 03/08/2010 10:47:20 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
includes leading conservative lawyers... Kenneth Starr

Eh, not really. High profile does not leader or conservative make.

2 posted on 03/08/2010 10:48:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: tobyhill

Why don’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy.


3 posted on 03/08/2010 10:49:59 AM PST by MNnice
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To: tobyhill

99.999993% of the lawyers make all of them look bad!


4 posted on 03/08/2010 10:50:08 AM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: tobyhill

This isn’t about the GOP it’s about scumbag, sell out lawyers who don’t want their values challenged while they drag good and decent people through the mud and the slime while the ‘defend’ their pos clients.


5 posted on 03/08/2010 10:50:17 AM PST by pgkdan (I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: tobyhill
"(Would the GOP please buy a clue?)"

Nope.

The only way that these guys/gals will find their "clue" is when they get the notice that they need to "find a new day job!"

Steele is first!

6 posted on 03/08/2010 10:55:41 AM PST by zerosix (zerosix (native Sunflower))
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To: tobyhill
They (the GOP establishment) have earned the moniker "The Stupid Party".
7 posted on 03/08/2010 10:56:56 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tobyhill

“F” the GOP...go get em’ Liz!!!


8 posted on 03/08/2010 10:58:58 AM PST by ontap
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To: tobyhill

Q: How many lawyers are needed to roof a house?

A: Depends on how thin you slice ‘em.


9 posted on 03/08/2010 11:01:34 AM PST by ScottinVA (Glad to see Demonic Unhinged (DU) highlights and attacks my FR comments!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
“Other critics have compared the Justice Department appointees to mob lawyers, and argued that while they have a right to defend their clients, they don’t belong in government.”

BINGO! I'm with the “other critics”. If our laws are going to require terrorist to have lawyers then those lawyers should give up their rights to work in any legal capacity for the Government forever.

10 posted on 03/08/2010 11:02:36 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: zerosix; Cobra64
Steele is first!


Source: FReeper Cobra64 (these pics were needed on this thread)

11 posted on 03/08/2010 11:04:19 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tobyhill

That headline is rather misleading. It implies the GOP at large criticized Liz. The list constituted a bunch of lawyers who worked with some Republicans. They’re 2nd and 3rd tier at best.


12 posted on 03/08/2010 11:05:38 AM PST by ScottinVA (Glad to see Demonic Unhinged (DU) highlights and attacks my FR comments!)
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To: Servant of the Cross; tobyhill
Before we go off half-cocked, it's not about the GOP, it's all about the lawyers, and yahoo's explosive headline.

Here's Ben Smith's original article and it's pablum title:

Starr, Stimson join Cheney letter


13 posted on 03/08/2010 11:07:00 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: ScottinVA

Then the GOP needs to show their support for Liz and agree that lawyers that worked for terrorist don’t belong in the DOJ.


14 posted on 03/08/2010 11:10:36 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

If they had’nt squawked, no one would have know their guilt. This whole ‘try-’em-in-a-civil-court routine was designed to produce $ for the legal pockets from the get-go, anyway. The bastards are so money-hungry they would throw the entirity of America down the drain for $10, and their support goes, and always has, to the very top. What a sleazy profession.


15 posted on 03/08/2010 11:13:20 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American Voter.)
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To: tobyhill
"Mob Lawyers"

What a perfectly appropriate term for these 'neo' 'Chicago Mafia' allies.


16 posted on 03/08/2010 11:14:47 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ken Starr is just a weirdo.
His demeanor is not that of a
man who is confident in his skin.
He is all about process.


17 posted on 03/08/2010 11:16:08 AM PST by Bainbridge
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To: tobyhill

Not buying. Lawyers who defend mafia figures shouldn’t be above having their motives questioned. Mob lawyers who go on to work in the Justice Department particularly merit scrutiny.

And the same would be true of Al Qaeda lawyers, and lawyers who have dedicated themselves to closing Guantanamo, and springing terrorists in general (was not Holder involved in getting pardons for Puerto Rican terrorists?), and going after CIA officers, and going after Bush and Cheney too. If they have frankly placed themselves on the side of the enemy in case after case, they may not want their motives questioned but as it happens, I do question their intent and their ideology and their ability to see past their own political blinders.

I frankly don’t want these people in high office. I frankly don’t want them prosecuting American citizens. I don’t trust them to have access to classified information, which they will have if they now start prosecuting Al Qaeda and, if they get their wish, CIA too. I don’t think any of us should have to apologize for distrusting the people who got terrorists sprung from jail when you know that some of these same people have returned to the fight.


18 posted on 03/08/2010 11:16:10 AM PST by marron
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To: onyx

Thanks Onyx. A very key distinction between these ‘gop’ lawyers and the GOP. I stand corrected.


19 posted on 03/08/2010 11:16:19 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: MNnice

Plus it’s hard to find a good disinfectant when you’re out to sea...


20 posted on 03/08/2010 11:16:58 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Thanks!

Steele is worthless, insulting, incompetent to be "running" anything!

The GOP was so eager to put a "black face" voice at the head of the RNC but they selected the wrong one!!! It should have been Ken Blackwell. That man is terrific, bold, intelligent and someone who actually disagrees with Obama and the dims.

I knew when they selected Steele over Blackwell that they really weren't serious about having a strong conservative voice to forcefully stand up to the libs but some worthless RINO so as not to "offend" the "moderates."

So what's the very first thing that Steele did after gaining the top spot; he attacked Rush for hopping that Obama would fail at his quest to "remake America" in his own view.

What an idiot!

21 posted on 03/08/2010 11:20:12 AM PST by zerosix (zerosix (native Sunflower))
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To: Servant of the Cross

We’re still the stupid party all too often, just not this time.


22 posted on 03/08/2010 11:21:50 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Servant of the Cross
They (the GOP establishment) have earned the moniker "The Stupid Party".

How about reading the article? The 19 nobodies who signed the letter are NOT the "GOP establishment." They are a bunch of self-important lawyers, that is all.

23 posted on 03/08/2010 11:29:15 AM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: Redleg Duke

LOL


24 posted on 03/08/2010 11:43:39 AM PST by jla
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To: Servant of the Cross

Oh how I wish!!


25 posted on 03/08/2010 11:47:14 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: La Enchiladita

mea culpa already at post 19. I did only read the misnamed title.


26 posted on 03/08/2010 11:51:08 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross; onyx

Good on you. One of my pet peeves is editorializing in the headline, as if we cannot read and think for ourselves or -— more to the point -— shouldn’t.

I can see adding information in brackets, but not editorial comments. IMHO, of course:)


27 posted on 03/08/2010 11:59:11 AM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: marron
Not buying. Lawyers who defend mafia figures shouldn’t be above having their motives questioned. Mob lawyers who go on to work in the Justice Department particularly merit scrutiny...

Especially those lawyers who hop on an airplane, fly down and represent pro bono.

There's every reason to suspect their motives. What makes it so politically damning for Obama? It confirms what people already suspect.

Mob lawyers don't work for free.

28 posted on 03/08/2010 12:29:50 PM PST by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: onyx

Clue No. 1

The article is from POLITICO, the DNC talking points slime.


29 posted on 03/08/2010 1:18:29 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Bainbridge
Agree.

He is very weak.

30 posted on 03/08/2010 3:12:50 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: zerosix; All
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31 posted on 03/08/2010 3:18:18 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
How do you really feel????

Man you're really talented. Hopefully you weren't on the clock.

32 posted on 03/08/2010 3:23:26 PM PST by zerosix (native Sunflower)
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