Quote Of The Day.

"One of the wisest things the administration did after Sept. 11 was to permit lawyers to do their jobs in defending detainees. From the enormously talented judge advocates general who directly represented Guantánamo detainees to the hundreds of private practitioners who took on individual cases, they have upheld our best principles by providing a vigorous defense. Patriotism is believing that the American system, not whim and insult, will reach the right results."

That's Theodore B. Olson, former solicitor general of the United States under George W. Bush, writing in 2007 with Neal Katyal, currently serving as deputy solicitor general in the current administration and one of the so-called Gitmo Nine. Olson's wife Barbara was on American Airlines Flight 77, which was hijacked on September 11 and flown into the Pentagon by al-Qaeda terrorists.

According to the standards set by Liz Cheney and Andy McCarthy, he is a "terrorist sympathizer."

-- A. Serwer

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