Before I get into the Taliban lawyer, I feel compelled to remind the readers that the man that this appointment will report to (US Attorney General Eric Holder) is another terror sympathizer that worked covertly to gain freedom (through Presidential pardons by Bill Clinton) for convicted FALN terrorists as well as 2 Weather Underground terrorist.
He will also report to the Deputy Attorney General (who Obama also appointed to the #2 post at DOJ) David W. Ogden. In case you never heard of the guy, he was the lawyer for the most of the porno peddlers in the US (i.e., Playboy, Penthouse) and has represented the ACLU. In numerous cases where he has filed “briefs” to deny parental notification where minors seek abortions; opposing military opposition to gays and apposed the “children internet protection act as well as the child protection and obscenities act.
You can view Ogden’s litigation history here: Back to West:You remember the news account of an American (John Walker Lindh a.k.a "the American Taliban") that was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan and was involved in the slaying of CIA agent Mike Spann. Tony West was appointed to the "Civil Division" of the US Department of Justice by Obama.
West struck up a friendship with Obama and played basketball with him. West served as Obama’s Northern California “finance co-chair” which raised $65 million dollars for his campaign. The West family has a radical leaning as his wife serves as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California and his Sister-in-law serves as San Francisco’s District Attorney.
Tony West: I understand that perception. John went to Afghanistan long before September 11 ever occurred, and he went for the specific purpose of opposing the Northern Alliance. One of the first things he told Army interrogators when they questioned him on December 3 of last year was that after 9/11 happened, he wanted to leave the front lines but couldn’t for fear of his life. John never wanted to be in a position where he was opposing the United States (and never thought he would be), and in fact he never opposed any American military.
He does understand, however, how people can perceive that he was on the “other side.”Mr. West states that “John never wanted to be in a position where he was opposing the United States (and never thought he would be), and in fact he never opposed any American Military but in a Wikepedia reference, Lindh replied to an email from his father news of the USS Cole bombing that states:
“In 1998 Lindh traveled to Yemen, and stayed for about 10 months to learn Arabic so that he would be able to read the Qur'an in its original language. He returned to the United States in 1999, living with his family for about eight months before returning to Yemen in February 2000, whence he left for Pakistan to study at a madrassa. While abroad, Lindh sent numerous emails to his family. In one, his father tells him about the USS Cole bombing, to which John replies that since the American destroyer was in the Yemen harbor, it was an act of war against Islam and therefore justified. This, his father states, "Raised my concerns", he told Newsweek, "but my days of molding him were over."
Obama has been labeled by many (including myself) as friendly to terrorism. Obama’s friendship with William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn (Weather Underground) is just one example. Here are many others:
Obama signed executive order to close Guantanamo Bay;
Obama halts military tribunals against all Guantanamo prisoners;
Obama intends to open talks with Iran & Syria without pre-conditions;
Obama has set aside $800 million tax payer dollars to rebuild Gaza in a gesture to Hamas;
Obama declares that the term “Enemy Combatant” is no longer in the terminology of the US Government;
Obama attempts to appoint the former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Chas A. Freeman to the National Intelligence Council Chair.
Mr. Freeman has several relationships with Islamic Financial institutions that practice “Sharia finance” and continued to do business with the Bin Laden family after 9/11.
In addition to being an outspoken critic of Israel that borders on anti-Semitism and his love affair with the Communist Chinese that had him acting as their apologists after the Tienneman Square massacre when he indicated that the Chinese showed amazing restraint.
In closing here are a few sentiments that Mr. Freeman had to say taken from a WSJ newspiece by Bret Stephens:
Tienneman Square - "a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership."
Saudi Arabia hateful Islamic education system - "It is widely charged in the United States that
Saudi Arabian education teaches hateful and evil things. I do not think this is the case.
War on terror - "We have paid heavily and often in treasure in the past for our unflinching support and unstinting subsidies of Israel's approach to managing its relations with the Arabs," he said in 2006. "Five years ago we began to pay with the blood of our citizens here at home."I can only say that looking at who Obama associates with and appoints to positions within his administration and his actions as President can only make most Middle East Islamic Centers happy that he is acting in their best interest for a change.