Up at 10:35 a.m. ET on the big radio show… Andrew McCarthy.
I’m thinking Jim should have our friend Andrew McCarthy on this week during the big radio show, but here’s a precursor video overview for you, narrated by Bill Whittle.
We tackled this subject a week ago, with people like Andy McCarthy and Michelle Malkin among the few who have tried to apply pressure to Justice to release the names of the 7 (2 names have already been released) of the attorneys at Justice who previously had volunteered their services to al-Qaeda detainees. Now Liz Cheney’s group, Keep America Safe, has joined the battle with this ad.
Update (Steve): Fox News digs a bit and lists the Gitmo 9 … additional information and analysis here.
If you are unfamiliar with the GITMO 9, Former Chief Andy McCarthy hard a particular hard hitting post at the corner, raising the possibility that there might be more than 9.
I suspect the number of conflicted lawyers is actually higher than nine since Holder’s disclosure pointed only to DOJ lawyers who worked on detainee cases — rather than including lawyers, like Holder himself, whose firms represented terrorists even if they were not directly involved in those cases. Some lawyers in the latter category, like Holder, were in very senior positions at their firms and could have stopped or sharply limited decisions to volunteer services to the detainees; some probably were not. Holder’s personal leanings are obvious from his 2008 speech, in which he accused the United States of torture, denying habeas corpus to hundreds of enemy combatants, and being a serial violator of international law and the Constitution — but according to him,I am the polemicist.
Even though Andy addressed this last week on the show, you should read the whole thing. It’s stunning.
Plus, for more background, Michelle is a leader on this issue. Check here to watch The KSM Confession. And read here on the stonewalling. And then read here for how the GITMO 9 were finally uncovered. And remember … it’s been Andy, Michelle, and a few other blogs and our radio show that have trying to bring this into the sunshine.
This one probably escaped the notice of everyone except the most keenly aware. Count our friend Andrew McCarthy as one of those.
McCarthy notes that President Reagan, in 1983, afforded protections to INTERPOL, much like those afforded Diplomats. But Reagan, understood that some protections needed to be withheld, and he did.
Specifically, Interpol’s property and assets remained subject to search and seizure, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions like the Freedom of Information Act. Being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.
In other words, by making sure INTERPOL is subject to the same FOIA and 4th amendment protections, it could not just indiscriminately investigate or prosecute without making available its procedures and data to the accused. It is fundamental. That has now changed.
On Wednesday [Dec 16], however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.
Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America’s defense).
Therein lies the rub. Are American citizens, soldiers and intelligence officers being set up for trial in international courts where you the American citizen, will not be protected by fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution? Rights this President seems so intent on protecting for the terrorists?
Big Hat Tip to RVO reader and listener Mike in New Britain for asking that I post this.
Our good friend Andy McCarthy reveals the shenanigans at Fort Hood continue in the name of what, political correctness, sensitivity? Just weeks after an Islamic terrorist guns down 13 people, 12 soldiers, it’s the US Army that’s getting the lecture on political correctness?
It’s been brought to my attention by several reliable sources that the Defense Department has brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood as an instructor, and that he has been lecturing on Islam to our troops in Fort Hood who are about to deploy to Afghanistan. Safi is a top official of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and served as research director at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
Worse, last evening, Safi was apparently permitted to present a check (evidently on behalf of ISNA) to the families of the victims of last month’s Fort Hood massacre. A military source told the blogger Barbarossa at the Jawa Report: “This is nothing short of blood money. This is criminal and the Ft. Hood base commander should be fired right now.”
You need to read the whole thing please.
Andrew McCarthy, leader of the prosecution team who convicted 11 terrorists in civilian court – and frequent guest on the big radio show – discusses the journey to convicting Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other terrorists in civilian courts.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Andrew McCarthy podcast. We talked with him about the Holder Justice Department’s approach to terrorist prosecution. It will anger you I am sure.
And here’s the link to the Cato Interview with Michael Cannon interview at Cato. Mike explains while yes, health care costs, your costs will go up, and access will be rationed.
Cato’s Michael Cannon and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy join us tomorrow.
9:35 AM: Michael Cannon- Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. We’ll talk Health Care and debate the latest talking points (Cong. Courtney has them) on the Pelosi Health Care plan. And no, the Dem talking points are wrong and yes, Pelosi/Obamacare will cost more … see here. Once again we did the research and read the bill and once again it seems as if your local Congressperson’s staff did not. Shame.
10:05 AM: Andrew McCarthy joins us to talk about the White House’s stimulus “fuzzy math”, and a closer look at terrorist justice in the Obama Administration. You will be shocked.
Check out Mr McCarthy’s latest post here.