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Law Firms That Raced To Defend Terrorists In Gitmo Leave Jan. 6 Defendants Out To Dry


Reported By Allison Schuster | OCTOBER 26, 2021

Read more at https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/26/law-firms-that-raced-to-defend-terrorists-in-gitmo-leave-j6-defendants-out-to-dry/

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At least 50 high-powered law firms that went out of their way to defend foreign terrorists in Guantanamo Bay free of charge are nowhere to be found as hundreds of American citizens languish in prison for charges related to entering the U.S. Capitol building during the January 6 riot.

When foreign terrorists, including the accused mastermind who helped plan the 9/11 attack, were being held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, law firms from across the country volunteered to represent them pro bono. Now, nearly 600 Americans face an intense legal battle over their participation in the events of January 6, and these same firms are leaving them defenseless. Not one of the legal firms that assisted Gitmo terrorists have helped any of those charged with ties to January 6.

In 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union went so far as to create an entire group of lawyers ready to defend Gitmo detainees under the John Adams Project, to show their dedication to ensuring all have a top-notch defense.

John Adams, whose patriotism was proven in his instrumental legal role in helping found the American republic, defended British soldiers after the Boston Massacre in an American courtroom. Although undoubtedly a revolutionary hero, Adams felt convicted that the judicial system cannot be just if everyone doesn’t receive a quality defense. With popular opinion so staunchly against the soldiers, Adams risked his reputation to uphold this principle.

Attorney Steve Schaefer explained to me that a strong legal defense for all accused of crimes is necessary, as it is the only way to reveal the truth of what occurred before the court. If the facts don’t come to light, the American justice system is in jeopardy, as people are at the will of an arbitrary power. Schaefer said, that causes Americans to lose trust in the American experiment, so the importance of quality representation prior to adjudication in court can’t be overstated.

“It’s indispensable to have to have a strong advocacy on behalf of criminal defendants — even if the allegations are unsavory — because our entire process hinges on a protection of the citizen and that the government has to meet the highest burden, which is beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to convict them of a crime,” Schaefer said.

Without a strong criminal defense, the government can take away individual rights without a clear demonstration of the guilt of the accused. The firms who trumpeted the right to a strong defense for everyone charged in the American legal system when it came to Guantanamo Bay are well aware of the need for a competent defense for citizens today, yet they have not allocated any resources to an equal defense for some accused of crimes.

The law firm Wilmer and Hale told The New York Times in 2008 that establishing a proper defense for Gitmo detainees “was about as important as anything we could take on.”

Despite widespread allegations of prosecutorial zealotry and differing standards of prosecution for the January 6 rioters compared to the thousands of rioters across the nation in 2020 who besieged the White House, federal courthouses, police precincts, national symbols, and small businesses, no similar defense fund or coordination has been provided for those charged in the January 6 riot.

Julie Kelly, a reporter covering dozens of January 6 defendants since their cases began, said the majority of those who have been charged have no prior experience navigating the legal system. Few have been charged with any crime before in their lives and now must rely on government-provided public defenders because they can’t afford anyone else.

“We have a Gitmo in Washington D.C.,” Kelly told me. “We have a prison that has been used solely to house and detain men arrested and charged — not convicted, just charged with offenses — related to January 6.”

Some of the nonviolent defendants were so misinformed by the FBI that they thought they were being questioned to help them find violent offenders, all while the FBI was gathering evidence against those being questioned, she said.

“These people are being treated in court as domestic terrorists. Dozens of them are held under pre-trial detention orders, which means they don’t even have a chance to make bail,” Kelly noted. “They are considered too dangerous to be let out of jail, awaiting trials which won’t start until the middle of next year at the earliest.”

Capitol rioter Paul Hodgkins’ prosecutor referred to him as a domestic terrorist in his sentencing, and FBI Director Christopher Wray has designated January 6 an act of domestic terrorism. Many who didn’t even know they were doing anything wrong, entering the Capitol as police opened doors for them, face detrimental charges threatening to turn them into convicted felons, revoking their right to vote and to own a gun for the rest of their lives.

While corporate media and other establishment institutions have long encouraged pro-bono legal representation of those held at Gitmo, they have discouraged it for those charged in the January 6 riot. Media and political figures argue those charged in the riot were violent insurrectionists seeking to overthrow the government. However, not a single person at the riot has been charged with inciting insurrection. They have instead been charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, which is the felony charge that the government is adding to mostly misdemeanor cases of trespassing.

The vast majority of those charged with ties to January 6 carried no weapons, harmed no one, vandalized nothing, and stole nothing, according to Kelly. Most walked through the capitol against no resistance at 2:40 p.m., took a selfie, and were out by 3 p.m. These defendants are also being tried in front of a jury in Washington, D.C., a city where more than 92 percent of the voters voted to elect Joe Biden last November.

Civil liberties advocates say the treatment of January 6 defendants reveals an alarming threat to American jurisprudence. Some blame intimidation from well-funded leftist groups for the lack of a competent defense. Lawyers who do exert effort in providing such a defense have been harrassed.

According to NPR, attorney Nabeel Kibria represented one of the first defendants in the investigation to plead guilty, after which point Kibria began facing attacks and death threats 48 hours after her client’s plea deal “from people … who you would think were on a whole different spectrum than what the Bustles [a married couple on trial] are in terms of political ideology or the people of the January 6 riots.”

Firms that consider themselves advocates for the least among us fail to uphold their convictions by abandoning people like Hodgkins. The system of justice that exists in this country, outlined in the Constitution in no uncertain terms, requires a strong defense.

“It is extremely frustrating and heartbreaking to see the Beltway’s legal and judicial system so heavily stacked against these people who have no means to defend themselves,” Kelly said. “And you have no lawyers on the right willing to step up and take these cases either pro bono, or even low bono, to help these people.”

One thing is clear: Those on the left put a lot of work into defending Afghan terrorists a decade ago, touting the need for providing a quality legal defense to those who were least likely to have quality, willing representation. Now, in the hour of need for Americans charged with much lesser crimes than mass murder, the same firms remain silent.

Allison Schuster is a research assistant for Hillsdale College in DC and a 2021 Hillsdale graduate, as well as a former intern for The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter @allisonshoestor.

Today’s TWO Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Torquemada

Many Democrat officials are pushing for deprogramming Trump Supporters.

Deprogramming Trump SupportersPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Unifier in Chief

Biden preached unity and bringing the country together while slamming Trump supporters and promoting impeachment 2.0.

Biden For Impeaching TrumpPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.
Donations/Tips accepted and appreciated – $1.00 –  $5.00 –  $25.00 – $50.00 – $100 –  it all helps to fund this website and keep the cartoons coming. Also Venmo @AFBranco – THANK YOU!

A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been popular all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News”, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as Dinesh D’Souza, James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, Rush Limbaugh, and shared by President Donald Trump.

 

VIDEO: Antifa mob attacks Trump supporters in San Diego


An unlawful assembly was declared in San Diego on Saturday after violence sprang up when a mob of Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters during the group’s “Patriot March” in southern California. KSWB-TV photojournalist Paul Makarushka captured the moment when a horde of apparent Antifa members, at least one wielding a baseball bat, converged upon a handful of conservatives.

“[T]rump supporters clash with BLM and antifa on the boardwalk in PB,” Makarushka tweeted. “Heavy police presence some fights and scuffles. Pepper spray etc (not from pd).”

Left Coast Right Watch, a self-described “CA-based news site covering right-wing extremism,” was documenting the chaos on Twitter and gleefully wrote, “Oooooh some Nazis got beat.”

Patrick T. Fallon, staff photojournalist for AFP, documented some of the images of the violent Saturday in San Diego. A shirtless man has an open wound on his face and blood on his shoulder as a group of black bloc comrades are seen in the background. One member of the gang is seen spraying an unidentified liquid from a water gun into the faces of two men. One man was seen with a knife in his hand, “which apparently led to counter-protesters using the bear spray/pepper spray.”

A mob was seen waving an “Antifascist Action” flag and holding a sign that read: “ASHLI BABBITT DESERVED IT.” Ashli Babbitt was the Trump supporter and 14-year Air Force veteran from San Diego who stormed the Capitol building last week and was fatally shot.

There were also many people dressed in all-black waving Black Lives Matter flags.

“Lots of confrontation, pepper spray, chanting, and folks just going to the beach as counter protesters faced off with pro-Trump ‘Patriot March’ demonstrators in #PacificBeach #SanDiego today,” Fallon wrote on Twitter.

Dozens of police officers dressed in riot gear were dispatched to the Pacific Beach boardwalk to stop the unrest.

At around 5:30 p.m., an unlawful assembly was declared by the San Diego Police “due to acts of: Violence.” The San Diego Police Department reported that rioters threw glass bottles, rocks eggs, and other objects at officers. Dissenters also used pepper spray on the cops.

A little after 9 p.m., authorities announced that “All the groups have left the area.” The SDPD has not yet announced any arrests stemming from Saturday’s disorder.

In September, President-elect Joe Biden infamously declared, “Antifa’s an idea.”

‘Did You Listen To The President’s Speech?’: Trey Gowdy Throws Question Back At Fox News Anchor, Says He’s ‘Not Real Sure’ What Republican Party Stands For


Reported by DAVID KRAYDEN, OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF | January 07, 2021

Read more at https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/07/not-sure-trey-gowdy-not-certain-republican-party-stands-for-riot/

Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday that he’s “not real sure anymore” what the Republican Party “stands for” as he blamed President Donald Trump for the Capitol riot Wednesday.

“If you really wanted to ask me a tough question, ask me what the Republican Party stands for,” Gowdy told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“It used to be law and order, it used to be things I could rattle off for you. I’m not real sure anymore.” (RELATED: Jonathan Turley Says Removing Trump With The 25th Amendment Is ‘Extremely Unlikely’ But ‘Can Happen’)

Gowdy said he did not know what role, if any, Trump would continue to play in the Republican Party but suggested the president incited the riot.

“Did you listen to the president’s speech yesterday?” Gowdy asked Fox News host Sandra Smith.

“Then you tell me. Who said that? Who said go fight? Who blamed Mike Pence and blamed Republicans and said the election was stolen?” Gowdy asked.

Gowdy joins other prominent Republicans who have chastised Trump for the destruction and violence. There have been calls to impeach Trump after rioters stormed the Capitol building, bringing chaos and violence to the Electoral College vote certification proceedings.

Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Trump was to blame for the riots by encouraging his supporters to reject the results of the 2020 presidential election. Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney claimed Trump “lit the flame” of the riot.

Gowdy said people should not blame the police for not reacting swiftly enough to the threat.

“I don’t know how reasonably foreseeable it should be for cops that tens of thousands of people are going to be told to go fight, that an election was stolen from them, to go fight, to blame [Vice President] Mike Pence … and other Republicans,” he said. (RELATED: ‘I’m Distraught’: Freshman GOP Rep Nancy Mace Says Trump’s Legacy Has Been ‘Wiped Out’)

“I can’t tell you what was on the president’s mind. I can tell you that he said ‘let’s march together to the capitol,’” Gowdy continued. “So I don’t blame the cops when tens of thousands of people are told an election was stolen from them and then they decide to scale the walls of the people’s house. I don’t blame the cops for that. I blame the people who did it.”

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Resist We Much

We all thought the Democrats meant time to heal when they really meant time it’s time for you to heel.

Democrat’s Enemies ListPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

SHE MADE IT UP: NYPD Arrests Muslim Girl Who Claimed Attack by Trump Supporters


waving flagAuthored by William Hicks | Heat Street  |  published on December 16, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.1776coalition.com/other-news-1/she-made-it-up-nypd-arrests-muslim-girl-who-claimed-attack-by-trump-supporters/#ixzz4T2RecsPu

2016-12-15_6-50-14New York City college student Yasmin Seweid who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime by Trump supporters is under arrest and charged with filing a false report, a police source told The New York Daily News.

The 18-year-old Seweid caused quite the media stir with her sensationalized account of Trump supporters attacking her on the subway. She claimed three men attempted to pull off her hijab while calling her a terrorist and yelling Trump’s name. All this happened, she said, while New Yorkers sat idly by and watched her get assaulted.

The police source told The News that police gave Seweid numerous opportunities to recant her story but she kept sticking to it. Finally, on Wednesday, she admitted she made the whole thing up, citing “family problems.”

Police say there were many inconsistencies in her story initially, but at first they assumed that could be a typical sign of being traumatized. They also claim the investigation into the false hate crime required “a lot” of resources.

What is Wrong with Evangelicals in America?


waving flagWritten by Bethany Blankley, Mar 3, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://constitution.com/what-is-wrong-with-evangelicals-in-america

Those who are labeling Trump supporters as “not real Christians,” who are “gullible” and succumb to “magical thinking,” who are mesmerized by a “televangelist”-type-Trump falling at the feet of a “golden calf,” who “will not vote for him” should be reminded who they voted for in previous elections. These same naysayers voted for Romney, Obama, McCain, Bush Sr. and Jr., Reagan, Carter and many others who also claimed to be Christians, who also are in many ways no different than Trump.

The division in the church over candidates is indeed an indictment of Christianity in America. Christians today seem to forget the meaning of “freedom of conscience”– which Christians emphasized when first shaping this nation, because of being persecuted for their opinions and beliefs.

Despite Pastor Robert Jeffress’s explanation for why evangelicals support Trump instead of other candidates, he and others continue to be vilified.

Sadly, not much has changed since the 1630’s.

From, Because of Christians, America Isn’t a Theocracy:

UPON ARRIVAL TO THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY IN THE 1630S, ENGLISH CLERGYMAN AND LAWYER ROGER WILLIAMS OPPOSED WINTHROP’S FORM OF GOVERNMENT. BUT THE COLONY’S RULERS DIDN’T ALLOW FOR FREE THOUGHT OR SPEECH. THEY REJECTED HIS NOTION OF “FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE.”

FIRST THE MAGISTRATES PLACED WILLIAMS UNDER HOUSE ARREST. HE WAS FORBIDDEN FROM DISCUSSING HIS IDEAS. BUT WHEN HE CONTINUED TO SPEAK HIS MIND– IN HIS OWN HOME– THE MAGISTRATES BANISHED HIM FROM THE COLONY. NEXT, THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND AND SOUGHT TO KILL HIM.

 WINTHROP WARNED WILLIAMS, WHO FLED, LEAVING HIS FAMILY BEHIND. HIS SUFFERING WAS GREAT AND HE BARELY SURVIVED. BECAUSE OF THIS, HE WROTE ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL TREATISES IN HISTORY, THE BLOUDY TENENT OF PERSECUTION. THOMAS JEFFERSON NOT ONLY READ WILLIAMS’S TREATISE, BUT ALSO JOHN LOCKE’S, TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT, IN WHICH LOCKE REFERENCED OVER 1,500 BIBLE VERSES.

WERE IT NOT FOR ROGER WILLIAMS’S INFLUENCE, IT’S UNLIKELY THOMAS JEFFERSON WOULD HAVE WRITTEN WHAT HE DID IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. IN IT, JEFFERSON REFERENCES GOD FOUR TIMES:

  • “The laws of nature and nature’s God,”
  • All men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,”
  • “The Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,” and
  • “The protection of Divine Providence.”

Freedom of Conscience exists because of Christianity. No Christian, just like no American, or no person for that matter, agrees with anyone else on everything. How is labeling and name-calling contributing to the strength of the church, to building people’s faith, rather than destroying it?

Who is the best judge of morality and character? Does one commentator think he knows more than Trump or could lead better? Does another think he knows who is really a genuine Christian or not? Since when are Christians determining that they are the moral authority and high bearers of truth?

None of these questions are answered by whoever is sitting legally, or illegally, in the White House.

Even a self-describing Christian was the Speaker of the House when I worked in the U.S. Senate, who pushed for the “Contract with America,” to restore “conservative, Christian values” who was sleeping with his staffer, for whom he divorced his second wife to marry for a third time.

Yet, another Speaker, also was a Christian, was prosecuted for “concealing sexual abuse with a former male student.” In fact the three men who orchestrated Impeaching Bill Clinton, again while I also worked in the U.S. Senate, were each having elicit affairs. Still today, “Christian” leaders are embroiled in open affairs. And they are still in office.

Evangelicals first need to clean their own house. Otherwise they will be nothing more than piles of bones in a white-washed tomb, used by others thrown against glass houses wondering why the glass isn’t shattering.

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