Via Ben Smith, the Justice Department has decided to release the names of the so-called Gitmo Nine lawyers who did work on behalf of suspected terror detainees and have been unfairly smeared as "terrorist sympathizers."
However, it appears that the Bush administration was a haven for "terrorist sympathizers" as well:
The Obama Administration is not the first to hire lawyers who represented or advocated for terror suspects.
Pratik Shah, an assistant to the Solicitor General hired by the Bush Administration, was part of the WilmerHale team that put together arguments for the Boumediene v. Bush case.
Trisha Anderson, an adviser in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel who was also hired by the Bush Administration, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder's former firm, Covington & Burling, where she helped represent 13 Yemeni detainees.
Varda Hussain, an attorney hired in 2008 with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, was an associate with the Washington-based firm Venable when she helped represent three Egyptians being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Naturally, like lawyers from Rudy Giuliani's law firm litigating on behalf of detainees, it's only treason when Democrats are involved.
-- A. Serwer