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Liz Cheney Attacks Justice Department Lawyers

Liz Cheney, former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter, has attacked the justice department lawyers who represented Guantanamo Bay detainees. On the “Keep America Safe” website owned and operated by Liz and through conservative media, by posting a video and photos of the "Al Qaeda Seven." Liz's fear tactic, rather reckless, wildly accusatory approach to politics has been compared to the Red Scare's McCarthyism, and has many jumping into the pit of controversy.

Glenn Greenwald, of Salon.Com and also an American lawyer, columnist, blogger, and author, stood his democratic ground and responded to the Liz's video as “certainly one of the more repugnant political ads of the last decade, if not the most repugnant." This is a shared sentiment with Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way. Keegan's response to the "Al Queda Seven" was: "James McCarthy himself couldn’t have done a better job of using fear and insinuations to smear his political enemies. Most Americans understand that McCarthyism was a shameful chapter in American history, but the Cheney wing of the Republican Party seems to have embraced Senator McCarthy’s utter lack of shame.”

Liz Cheney's video has even drawn criticism from members of her own party. Peter D. Keisler, assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, responded to the video via The New York Times: "There is a longstanding and very honorable tradition of lawyers representing unpopular or controversial clients...The fact that someone has acted within that tradition, as many lawyers, civilian and military, have done with respect to people who are accused of terrorism – that should never be a basis for suggesting that they are unfit in any way to serve in the Department of Justice.”

Solicitor General during the Bush Admistration, Theodore Olson, summed the controversial video up best. Olson lost his wife in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and in 2007 wrote for a legal journal "The ethos of the bar is built on the idea that lawyers will represent both the popular and the unpopular, so that everyone has access to justice. Despite the horrible Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, this is still proudly held as a basic tenet of our profession...When government officials are called 'war criminals' and when public-interest lawyers are called 'terrorist huggers,' it not only cheapens the discourse, it scrambles the dialogue.... And the heavy work of creating solutions for these complicated issues can only move forward when the name-calling ceases."

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