We all know, even expect the ACLU to defend terrorists in the name of their twisted vision of civil rights. What I don't think many know, and much fewer would expect, is that many of America's largest corporate law firms are donating their services to defend Gitmo detainees. Deroy Murdock has a new piece out today outlining the firms involved, and their corporate clients. Some excerpts:
Most members of the self-styled Guantanamo Bay Bar Association are among America’s top "white shoe" corporate lawyers, but they act with all the misguided fervor and poor judgment of wild-haired, sandal-wearing radicals.
Their pro bono services - mainly filing federal habeas corpus petitions to free detainees from military custody - are worth perhaps $300 per hour, September’s American Lawyer estimated. This doesn’t cost detainees a dime. By paying their own bills, these firms’ Fortune 500 clients indirectly subsidize legal aid and comfort to suspected Islamic fascists.
As researcher Marco DeSena and I discovered, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw’s 1,300 lawyers will generate $911 million this year, the American Lawyer forecasts. Its clients include Caterpillar, Whirlpool and UAL Corp., the parent company of United Airlines. United jets smashed into the World Trade Center and a field in Shanksville, Pa., on 9/11.
"’Social Justice’ is our own construct," the firm explains. "We consider this to be our ’cutting edge’ work." This includes John Does 1-570 v. George W. Bush, essentially a class-action lawsuit involving every enemy combatant at Gitmo not already suing the president for release during wartime.
Blank Rome advises RJ Reynolds, Sunoco and Boeing, manufacturer of all four passenger jets that al Qaeda weaponized on 9-11. On track for $247.5 million in 2005 revenues, Blank Rome filed Khaled Abd Elgabar Mohammed Othman et al. v. George W. Bush, et al. in federal court in Washington on Oct. 25 on behalf of a Yemeni enemy combatant.
The 300 "professionals" at Los Angeles-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips counsel Alaska Airlines, Anschutz Entertainment, Harley-Davidson, Mattel and Transport for London, the British agency that runs the London Underground, which al Qaeda bombed July 7, killing 52 commuters. On Oct. 24, Manatt sued President Bush in federal court on behalf of suspected Islamic extremist Adbulkadar Abdulkhalik Dad.
Shearman & Sterling ($775 million estimated 2005 gross) has some 1,000 attorneys serving Deere & Co., Delphi, Ford, Morgan Stanley, PG&E and others. Partner Thomas Wilner, lead attorney for 12 Kuwaiti enemy combatants, wants Uncle Sam to compensate detainees for time at Guantanamo. "It would be very nice if they paid the people released at least as much as they paid the bounty hunters for capturing them," Wilner said in the Sept. 13, 2004, Legal Times.
Perhaps someone out there can start an email campaign to the companies that use these law firms, and draw their attention to what they are subsidizing. Read the whole article, and try not to wretch. Then start emailing it to everyone you know that will send it to these corporations. I haven't looked any of their addresses up yet, but it shouldn't be too hard, except picking the right person to send it to at each company. Anyone with experience doing that should pick this idea up and run with it. I'm just putting in my two cents on Mr. Murdock's column.
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