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The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials - including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz - in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture.
Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate.
Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour.
Obama administration apparently concluded
“its duty to represent the defendants zealously, which includes the duty to argue any and all defenses, can’t be discharged for reasons of policy and other government interests.”
Rumsfeld says $2.3 Trillion never lost, just untracked
Anthony Antonello asks Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that missing $2.3 Trillion
We Are Change NEPA activists Anthony Antonello and Danny Panzella wait at CPAC to ask Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that $2.3 Trillion that he said was unaccounted for at a press conference the day before 9/11. To his credit, Rumsfeld responds, though with a dubious answer. The former Secretary of Defense explains that the $2.3 Trillion was never truly lost, but rather untracked in a complex accountability system.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
The fact that these men require top notch, by the hour legal represenation AFTER they've left office means somewhere, technically, they are guilty of something and we deserve to ask some questions.
ONE DAY, these men will get what they deserve!
Originally posted by Open_Minded Skeptic
Of all the things Obama has done or gotten wrong since taking office, his failure to insist on a full, objective, fully-public investigation and possible trial of Bush Regime personnel involved in war crimes is the worst. He is protecting people for whom a sizable body of evidence exists that they commited international war crimes.
The DOJ should be prosecuting these bastards, not defending them.