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Malkin: The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

By Michelle Malkin

October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa.

These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as it refueled at the Yemeni port of Aden in the fall of 2000. Then-President Bill Clinton vowed to track down the Muslim terrorist attackers: "We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable." But a dozen disgraceful years later, Slick Willy's toothless promise has become a bitter punch line.

The current Democratic White House has not only delayed and denied justice to the victims and their families. President Obama's foot-dragging administration, crawling with pro-terrorist lawyers, effectively undermines our nation's ability to detain, contain and destroy jihad threats from within and without.

Suspected Cole bombing suspect and former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al-Qaida Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri has been in U.S. custody since 2002 and at Gitmo since 2006. In February 2009, Obama met with Cole families and promised them justice. Then, he stabbed them in the back by ordering the (Social) Justice Department to abandon the death penalty case assembled against the al-Qaida mastermind under the Bush administration.

That's right: The Osama bin Laden football-spikers in the Obama administration deliberately dropped the USS Cole ball on al-Nashiri's military prosecution because of their opposition to the Guantanamo Bay detention system. Jesse Nieto, father of murdered Cole sailor Marc Nieto, won't forget it. "That really left a bitter, bad taste in my mouth," he told the Newnan (Ga.) Times-Herald earlier this year.

In 2011, the Obama administration reinstated the charges amid a widespread backlash against Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to bestow U.S. civilian trials in Manhattan to foreign Gitmo goons. But the trial has been plagued by yet more delays and left-wing lawyer antics painting Nashiri as a victim of American hegemony. "This whole trial is a political football the politicians are playing with," Nieto aptly noted. "If they left it to the military, it would be taken care of. And it would be fair."

Team Obama's initial withdrawal from the prosecution came out of left field -- literally. But it is no surprise to those who paid attention to Holder's radical ideological and corporate allegiances.

As I reported in "Culture of Corruption," Holder joined the prestigious Covington and Burling business and corporate law firm after a quarter-century as a government lawyer. The stint boosted his net worth to nearly $6 million. Covington and Burling's post-9/11 claim to fame? Representing 17 terror suspects held at Gitmo who hail from Yemen, long a safe haven for terrorists. (Another Cole bombing mastermind, Jamal Mohammed al Badawi, was convicted and sentenced to die in Yemen for the terror attack, but somehow escaped twice from jail and was freed by the Yemeni government in 2007.)

Holder's law firm employed dozens of radical attorneys such as David Remes and Marc Falkoff to provide the enemy combatants with more than 3,000 hours of pro bono representation. Covington and Burling secured victories for several Gitmo enemy combatants in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Remes, who garnered human rights awards for Covington and Burling before striking out on his own, now represents Nashiri.

Falkoff went on to publish a book of poetry, "Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak," which he dedicated to the suspected terrorists: "For my friends inside the wire, Mahmoad, Majid, Yasein, Saeed, Abdulsalam, Mohammed, Adnan, Jamal, Othman, Adil, Mohamed, Abdulmalik, Areef, Adeq, Farouk, Salman, and Makhtar. Inshallah, we will next meet over coffee in your homes in Yemen."

One of the class of Yemeni Gitmo detainees that Falkoff described as "gentle, thoughtful young men" was released in 2005 -- only to blow himself up (gently and thoughtfully, of course) in a truck bombing in Mosul, Iraq, in 2008, killing 13 soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Army division and seriously wounding 42 others.

In January 2010, The Times of London reported that "at least a dozen former Guantanamo Bay inmates (had) rejoined al-Qaida to fight in Yemen." Another Yemeni Gitmo recidivist and top al-Qaida leader, Said al-Shihri, was freed after undergoing "rehabilitation" -- and then promptly rejoined jihadi forces. He was reportedly killed in a U.S. missile strike last month.

In February 2010, GOP Sen. Charles Grassley forced Holder to acknowledge that at least nine DOJ attorneys officially represented or served as advocates for Gitmo detainees before joining the Obama administration. They work in the offices of the attorney general, the acting deputy attorney general, the associate attorney general, and the assistant attorney general for the criminal division. In addition, the assistant attorney general for the civil division previously represented one Afghan detainee, and his former employer represents other detainees.

Gitmo recidivists -- a burgeoning Obama demographic that includes suspected Benghazi jihad plotter Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu -- certainly are better off than they were four years ago. The question is: Can Americans at home and abroad really afford another four years of Obama, Holder and their soft-on-terror government attorneys sabotaging national security?

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    October 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    america,step back,take a deep breath,and listen to our president for a minute.
    and this is why i believe hom to be a charliton and a sham.
    every time he speaks of islam it is in the defense of it,no condoning it but defending it VIGOUROUSLY sometimes to the point of ANGER.this fake calls himself a christian but no where can i find him defending it,more or less he is trying to make it illegal to have any references to jesus christ or the cross or bible.i am starting to believe that this fraud is a valid card carrier of the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD and has been planted in america just for this purpose,which is the desruction of western culture and the death of america and her rebirth as a muslim mecca.i know it sounds strange but just look at the evidence.
    may god bless the usa and help us fight this evil.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      October 12, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      Anyone that hasn’t learned what the work “taquiyya” is, please look it up. Even a person with absolutely rotten judgement and luck would not be wrong EVERY time and would have a better record at making better decisions than this prez does. EVERY decision this guy has made for the last four years has resulted in the US being diminished in some way…economically, militarily, reputationally, safety-wise, racially, politically, morally, etc. Can’t just be dumb luck! Also there is the nagging revelation that that gold ring he has been wearing on his marriage finger since way before he ever met Moochy has inscribed on it, in Arabic, “There is not god except Allah,”. Capricorn, I’m with you!

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  2. JBQComment by JBQ
    October 12, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    As a Navy vet with four years of shipboard service, I would comment on the obvious direction of the Obama Administration in regard to our military forces. The U.S. military is a remnant of a racist and sexist society and needs to be reformed. Therefore, it would appear that the USS Cole is just one of those remnants. “Whitecaps” are only pawns just like Chris Stevens in the quest for world socialism.

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  3. DudleyComment by Dudley
    October 12, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Even if Romney were elected tomorrow, it will take years to remove all the moles and communist sympathizers from all of the government agencies. These subversives will continue to throw monkey wrenches into the system long after Obama has left the WH. The rot is pervasive and not easily fixed.

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    • goodguynyComment by goodguyny
      October 13, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      Not with the proper amount of pressure. If the government turns around and becomes more constitutional and the idea that we are a Republic is again instilled into those that run this country, it will rout out these latent communists and liberals. But we can’t allow all liberals to go away….we would never have anything to laugh about again!

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  4. glenncalzadaComment by glenn
    October 12, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    It wouldn’t take years to remove them all if they started with the obvious and worked their way down. Removing all Obama’s appointments would make a great start. Then they need to be delt with quickly, and firmly at the very first sign of subversion. They are not union em[ployees, so they cant prolong being fired by having ‘appeals,and hearings, etc.’ and if they are, then that’s an issue that needs to be adressed as well. Just fire them on the spot. It’s what Reagan would have done.

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  5. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    October 12, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Taking most of the rotten decay out the system would take one day. Fire every czar on day one effective by 01:00.
    Abolish everything Obama signed into action that hasn’t been passed by congress by 02:00.
    Abolish everything Obama signed into action that did get through congress with only liberal support by 03:00.
    Call it a day and get ready for tomorrow! :)

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  6. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    October 12, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    The day after the 0′s leave the white house, America should have a nation wide tailgate party! :)

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  7. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    October 12, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    And on the debate, if one can call it that, Biden was a complete *** Clown. Go Joe! Go Joe! Go Joe! I would encourage him to keep it up.
    Vote Romney / Ryan 2012. For the sake of God and Country!

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  8. mredComment by mred
    October 12, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Since Obama is a Muslim, is there any question as to why he is doing what he is doing? He has been wearing that ring since his collage days and has held it under our nose for almost the last 4 years. He is laughing at us for being so stupid as to elect him, but happy to get the chance to kill the Great Satan and deliver us into the hands of the Muslim world . He has done everything he could to destroy us and if he gets elected to a second term, will finish us off. This Muslim needs to be put on trial for Treason and held accountable for what he has done.

    I believe there are people in Congress that are in there right along side of him working to destroy this country and they should be held accountable too. I think it is time we conducted a full scale investigation into Obama and some members of Congress to determine just who all is involved in this and what all has been done.

    I believe this has gone beyond corruption and into the systematic destruction of our economy, military, and our very way of life. I believe that the media has sold their soul for that 30 pieces of silver, or they would have brought this story out long ago and crucified him in the arena of public opinion.

    This is the result of letting our government buy votes with the use of the tax payer dollar in the form of welfare checks and this needs to be stopped too. In spite of the media and welfare votes, Obama is still losing, but he needs to loose more then just an election. He needs to be put in jail where all traitors belong……………….

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    • camzComment by camz
      October 12, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

      Traitors belong somewhere else…

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  9. goodguynyComment by goodguyny
    October 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    A great idea would be to, by Executive Order, denounce and nullify every executive order before the new president takes office. Seeing that the idea of Executive Orders is not supported by the Constitution, then no laws would be broken.

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