The Campaign Spot

The Good Guys Are Not Supposed to Hire the Bad Guys’ Lawyers

If the FBI’s Organized Crime Unit started taking advice from mob lawyers, you would be concerned.

If the SEC hired a bunch of lawyers who represented Enron and Bernie Madoff to set some policies, you would be worried.

If the EPA hired the lawyers who represented Joseph Hazelwood, captain of the Exxon Valdez, and put them in charge of pollution enforcement, you might furrow your brow.

If the Secret Service hired the legal counsel who represented the Salahis, you would begin to wonder what was going on.

So when the Department of Justice hires lawyers who represented al-Qaeda members, and Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to release that information, and forgets to mention his own work on behalf of Jose Padilla, who is suspected of plotting a dirty-bomb attack and was convicted on charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim overseas, conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists, and one count of material support for terrorists . . . why are we supposed to shrug our shoulders and conclude, “No big deal”?

Is the phrase, “Al-Qaeda Seven” incendiary? Yes, but much less incendiary than the bombs and such that were the handiwork of the men these seven — perhaps, with Holder, it’s eight — lawyers defended.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Other Case against Reparations

Reparations are an ethical disaster. Proceeding from a doctrine of collective guilt, they are the penalty for slavery and Jim Crow, sins of which few living Americans stand accused. An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More
Culture

White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More

‘Silenced’

Someone tweeted this cartoon today, which apparently is intended to depict me. A few thoughts: I love the caricature. It’s really good. I may steal the second panel and use it for advertising. I hear this line of criticism fairly often from people who are not very bright or well-informed; in truth, I ... Read More