Thursday, December 03, 2009

Al Qaeda's Muliti-Million Dollar American Supporters

Want to know the identities of a group of American citizens who have contributed millions of dollars to al Qaeda and other Islamist radicals and terrorists?

Best selling author and national security expert Rowan Scarborough has the answer.

It's the lawyers:

Some of the nation's wealthiest and most powerful law firms have donated hundreds of millions of dollars in free legal services to terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Their work, bolstered by left-wing activists groups, has helped to free, or force the transfer, of hundreds of al Qaeda suspects to third countries. Some have gone back to terrorism and the job of trying to kill Americans. {...}

It was the constant pressure of activist defense lawyers, in the courts and in public debate, that helped persuade the Obama administration to bring KSM, as he is known, to Manhattan from his Guantanamo Bay prison cell for a civilian, rather than, a military trial.

Andrew McCarthy, a former U.S. attorney who led the prosecution of the Islamist who planned the first World Trade Center terror attack in 1993, told Human Events the American lawyers are not only helping individual detainees. They are helping radical Islam.

"They can't beat us on the battlefield so what they need to do strategically is move the battle to a place where they are more likely prevail," McCarthy said. "And it's a much more even playing field for them in the courts. By getting into the court, they've basically drained the resources and the public will necessary to wage the war effectively. It's been a propaganda coup for them to switch the debate from the atrocities that they have committed to the purported violations of law that have been committed by the United States."

A former U.S. government attorney told Human Events law firms have devoted "hundreds of millions of dollars" in pro bono, or free, legal services.

Said McCarthy, "I certainly think it's in the tens of millions. A lot, a lot of money."

Elsewhere in the article, Scarborough quotes Debra Burlingame, whose brother was the pilot of hijacked American flight 77, which al Qaeda crashed into the Pentagon:

"We're at war," she said. "We're a country at war. We have men and women that we've sent out into the world into some of the most dangerous places in the world. Iraq and Afghanistan. They are shedding blood. They are taking fire with the very people these law firms are defending. I find that an absolutely perversion. I can't think of a precedent in the history of our country in all the wars we fought where you would have civilian lawyers donating their time to help secure the freedom of our enemies so they can go back to the battlefield and kill more of our soldiers."

I would disagree with Ms. Burligame on one point - we're not at war. Only our enemies are. Which is why, eight years after 9/11, twice the time in which it took us to destroy a far more powerful Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire we are still no closer to victory.

Read the whole piece here

(hat tip and a commendation to Joshua's Army member Louie Louie for spotting this)

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