The Left is in a swinish feeding frenzy over Liz Cheney’s “Who are the Al-Qaeda Seven?” Internet ad. But far from discrediting Cheney and her ad, the Left instead has exposed itself.
Who, indeed? And why don’t the American people have a right to know their identities? These attorneys, after all, are on the federal dole. They now work for us. Is their work secret or covert?
Hardly. What’s at play here is politics. Obama’s administration, remember, is the most left-wing in American history.
Indeed, the Obami are intensely committed to pursuing a hard left ideological agenda, and to effecting a fundamental transformation of the American political, economic, and judicial orders.
This administration has done a masterful job of concealing its extremism under a cloak of moderate rhetoric and a seemingly judicious temperament. But as Abraham Lincoln famously explained:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
The reality is that the American people are fast catching onto Obama.
They’re are fast realizing that the nice and reasonable-sounding young man whom they elected president is captive to a bankrupt ideology that will jeopardize their safety and security, stymie and retard economic progress, and set back the American dream for a generation or more.
And so the American people are beginning to ask questions — inconvenient questions like the one asked, fairly enough, by Liz Cheney in her magnificent and laudable Internet ad.
Yet, from the squealing of the Left, you’d think Ms. Cheney had committed a hanging offense. The New York Times, for instance, calls Ms. Cheney a
demagogue on the right [who is] smearing loyal Americans as disloyal and charging that the government is being undermined from within.
Andrew Sullivan, of course, agrees and thus denounces “the gutter McCarthyism of Liz Cheney.”
The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, likewise, rings his hands over this “reprehensible television ad from the fearmongers at Keep America Safe.” Not to be outdone is the Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen, who rails against
the attacks from lowlifes like Cheney and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, [which] have been even more vile than their typical nonsense.
And of course, “respectable” and “mainstream” conservatives also have joined in the chorus of denunciation. Thus, a group of 19 prominent Bush administration officials and other lawyers have signed a statement in which they condemn Cheney’s ad as a
shameful series of attacks, [which are] unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications.
Please. These officials and their Leftist brethren protesteth too much.
For starters, the ad raises a legitimate question, which the Obama administration stubbornly and unconscionably refuses to answer — even though Fox News has since uncovered the identities of the formerly unknown ‘Al-Qaeda Seven’ attorneys.
Moreover, as National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has observed:
There is no legal right to counsel in a habeas corpus case. The vast majority of American citizens and aliens who are incarcerated after being found guilty of crimes do not get lawyers to help them challenge the legal proceedings against them or the conditions of their confinement. They must represent themselves.
The United States has detained millions of war prisoners in our history, and those prisoners have never been entitled to counsel in order to challenge their detention — indeed, until 2004, they didn’t have a right to challenge their detention, period.
And even terrorist detainees who were charged with war crimes in military commissions had no right to representation by private counsel; instead, the rules provided for the assignment of military defense lawyers at the expense of the American taxpayer.
The legal profession’s depiction of these lawyers as heroic servants not of the enemy but of the Constitution is unmitigated nonsense:
You can’t be performing a vital constitutional function when the function is not required by the Constitution. They can repeat the lie a million times, but that won’t make it a fact.
These lawyers made a conscious decision to contribute their services, usually gratis, to enemy combatants with whom the American people are at war.
In that sense, these attorneys are not mainstream lawyers who are simply taking a case to ensure adequate legal representation.
No, sir, they are ideological warriors who seek to manipulate the rule of law to advance their agenda — a leftist agenda that is fundamentally at odds with the American constitutional order and political tradition. And for that they deserve to be called out and held to account in the court of public opinion.
Remember, these Al-Qaeda attorneys went out of their way to provide legal aid and sustenance to America’s sworn enemies.
They went out of their way to help Jihadists who have actively conspired to kill our Soldiers and Marines. They went out of their way to help assist a radical army of terrorist who conspire to kill innocent men, women and children.
And they did this not out of some enlightened view of liberty or the U.S. Constitution. They did this because they view America’s war against radical Islam as more of a threat to our liberty than the Jihadists.
That’s why their squealing is so unbecoming and so disingenuous.
As McCarthy explains, the Al-Qaeda attorneys and their legal and media apologists don’t so much believe in the rule of law as they do the rule of the lawyers. Consequently, they want to keep all of their legal proceedings hidden, cloistered within the courts, and out of the ultimate court of last appeal, which is the court of public opinion.
Liz Cheney, to her undying credit, has helped to expose this racket with her magnificent and laudable Internet ad; and for that she deserves our respect and our gratitude.
Keep it up, Ms. Cheney; and hit them again, only harder. Let the Left squeal.
John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst in Arlington, Virginia. Follow him on Twitter.