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Keep America Safe -- from Liz Cheney's tactics

In this hyper-partisan age, the bipartisan outrage being expressed over the reprehensible television ad from the fearmongers at Keep America Safe is encouraging. The organization run by Liz Cheney, a state department official under President Bush and the daughter of the former vice president, is attempting to sow seeds of distrust by raising doubts about the loyalties of attorneys who once volunteered to handle the cases of suspected terrorists and are now working in the Justice Department. Wanting to know the identities of the lawyers is one thing. Smearing them as the "the al Qaeda 7" is over the line by a mile.

As The Post editorialized on Saturday, the ad gives the impression the attorneys "had committed a crime or needed to be exposed for subverting national security." And, sadly, it sought to remind folks that part of this nation's grand legal tradition is volunteers taking on cases of suspects who aren't popular or necessarily innocent but who need representation. Despite the Supreme Court ruling that detainees at Guantanemo Bay can challenge their detentions, groups like Keep America Safe is determined to ignore that fact.

Former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger penned a defense for one of the lawyers, Karl Thompson. His work was "not only part of a lawyer's professional obligation but a small act of patriotism as well," Dellinger wrote. He added that all the lawyers targeted by Keep America Safe "deserve our respect and gratitude for fulfilling the professional obligations of lawyers." And Dellinger got some serious back-up today from a group of conservative lawyers and former Bush administration officials, including former independent counsel Kenneth Starr and deputy attorney general Larry Thompson. "To suggest that the Justice Department should not employ talented lawyers who have advocated on behalf of detainees maligns the patriotism of people who have taken honorable positions on contested questions and demands a uniformity of background and view in government service from which no administration would benefit," the signatories noted. I have nothing to add to their persuasive argument. Unfortunately, I'm not too hopeful that it will stop Keep America Safe and its acolytes from trying it again.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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Like her TRAITORIST Father, Liz Cheney will go to the ground insisting she is right.

If this is the face of the new REPUBLICAN party- calling anyone who does not STRICTLY agree with their almost IRANIAN LIKE fixation on what they perceive as the truth.
THE CHENEY's appear to have more and more in common with the IRANIAN form of government where all those expressing any form of freedom THEY don't deem acceptable be damned.
CHENEY will have all protestors hung out just like they do in IRAN or KOREA>

THEY ARE THE NEW HATE GROUP of the century

Posted by: racerdoc | March 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I suppose, Mr. Capehart, that you've read the vile screed just posted by Thiessen, further slandering the DOJ lawyers, and heaping praise on the architects of the legal "justifications" for torture, Yoo and Bybee.

Your editor, Fred Hiatt, has really gone one step too far by hiring a vermin like Thiessen. Not only

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I suppose, Mr. Capehart, that you've read the vile screed just posted by Thiessen, further slandering the DOJ lawyers, and heaping praise on the architects of the legal "justifications" for torture, Yoo and Bybee.

Your editor, Fred Hiatt, has really gone one step too far by hiring a vermin like Thiessen. Not only

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't take anything Liz Cheney says seriously because it has all the hallmark of a campaign to presents ones' view without considering the other points of view..

Posted by: beeker25 | March 8, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

KEEP AMERICANS SAVE FROM THE LIARS LIKE CAPEHART.

Yes, Capehart has still not apologized for his obvious distortions and the reediting of Joe Pack's writings to disparage the Tea Party.

The cats out of the bag Capehart, YOU LIE...

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 8, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan,

There you go again. You are so predictable. Why should lawyers that decide to work for terrorists be making policy? And why not know their names? thou dost protest too much little man.

Posted by: JackReacher | March 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, while we are at it, let's protect Congress from "Dead fish" Rahm's tactics. Confronting a Representative while naked in the gym showers and assaulting him. Yes we can!

Posted by: JackReacher | March 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

People like Liz Cheney (or Chee-nee, as Chris Matthews says - no one knows why) are not putting the country first when they use these sleazy McCarthy 'guilt by association' tactics.

You put the country first by insisting on the highest ethical standards and recognizing that all persons deserve protection under the law, no matter what their crime.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

A few senior Republican tsk-tsking about the revealed Republican Game Plan does not represent bipartisan outrage.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion Distraction and Division has been the Republican game plan since Nixon's Southern Strategy and Ronnie Raygun's anti-government tirades. Fear works, Hatred sells. Add in a few dirty tricks and smear campaigns and you too can rule America!

Posted by: thebobbob | March 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Capehart would be changing his tune if these were all lawyers who defended KKK members, and this was a trial against the KKK, wouldn't you Capehart?

Posted by: ekim53 | March 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

TheBOBBOB: Let's not get into finger-pointing about dirty tricks and smear campaigns while the "scorched earth" progenitors are in the ranks.

The Democrats and liberals would like to believe and to exaggerate the referenced letter as a major rift in the Republican community while stories are breaking in every news cycle about the Democrats' infighting and the intimidation tactics of the Chief of Staff.

Certainly, Keep America Safe should be allowed to exercise First Amendment rights to express concern or to fundamentally disagree with the DOJ's actions. And eminent legal professionals should be allowed to uphold the principles of their profession without castigation OR being construed as personally attacking Liz Cheney.

Posted by: DrSusanHardwicke | March 8, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The Rabid Reichwingers like Lizzy Borden Cheney, and Dick Adolf Cheney, are liken to Vampires. Once they get a taste of BLOOD, they want more.

They know by attacking these Lawyers, that their Reichwing Minions will pressure any Lawyer who would dare defend the Terrorist.

They assume everyone's as Ignorant as their Minions, and won't remeber all the court cases doing the Bush Error, concerning Terrorist.

In reality the real Terrorist America should be concern with are people like Lizzy B. Cheney and the ever increasing "RABID REICH".

Posted by: austininc4 | March 9, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

I see the rightwingnut teabaggers loons have no better response than their usual pathetic strawman arguments.

You lose again, 'baggers.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 9, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

What I do not like is that everytime the "Cheney's" do something radical, the media exploits them which, gives them, pardon this expression, balls to go out and say more. Learn to ignore them and they will eventually die out. I love that President Obama does not answer the call to engage them. He ignores them in media and print, sometimes I think it infuriates the "Cheney's". Of course we have not heard from Mr Cheney because he is recovering from a small heart attack, I just didn't think he had one to begin with.
They make it sound like they are the only patriotic couple left in the USA.
Our system of justice is the best in the land, we afford citizens, and non citizens the right to a trial by their peers. If they can not afford or get a lawyer, we make sure they have one. Our justice system is fair and unbiased to everyone.
We have jurors who are picked right from the heart of the People. Fair and just. Calling lawyers who are doing their jobs by the oaths that they take, and laws they must abide by "the al Qaeda 7", is personally distasteful. Ms Cheney is being un-American and maybe she should be pointing she finger at her father, who helped start this whole mess...
That's what I have to say about that!

Posted by: purplewidget60 | March 9, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

@Enemy:

Just FYI, Chris Matthews uses the "Chee-nee" pronunciation that is actually used by the actual Cheney family, as he has explained many, many times. When the Dick first ran for office, everyone mispronounced his name as "Chay-nee" and he decided to just let them instead of making a distracting fuss over it.

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | March 10, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

DUDE [profane] POLITICS, just causes drama that isn't needed they need to focus on getting this economy together b4 they start with this B.S

Posted by: kevin969813 | March 10, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

If there is a more despicable creature in American politics today than Liz Cheney, I'd sure like to know about it.

And to think that there are a whole lot of Americans who are so uninformed (perhaps "propagandized" would be the operative word) that they are ready willing and able - and happy - to return that party to power in November. If you are one of the misguided masses, I am referring to the GOP.

The Republicans have one objective: the complete and utter failure of the Obama administration. The fact that more and more people will suffer if they do fai is irrelevant to these birds. To hell with the people.

They have no vision. They have no program. The only thing they have to offer is fear itself.

By the way, this is off topic but it must be said. The other day I typed out a list of all the forty-three men in our history who served as president of the United States. According to the good people at Spell Check, only the name of one president (first name and last) was not even a word. Take a wild guess which president that was.

The guy has been president of the United States for over a year now. That "correction" on the part of Spell Check can only be intentional.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | March 11, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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