EXPERIENCE DEFENDING TERRORISTS – Main qualification for employment in the Department of Justice

Obama appoints yet another Islamic ‘Jihad Johnny’ terrorist defender lawyer to the DOJ, bringing the total to ten.

Tony West, a high-powered San Francisco lawyer whose clients have ranged from corporate giants to “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, has been nominated by President Obama as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

West, 43, an Oakland resident, met Obama in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention and was one of his finance co-chairs in California last year, when the campaign raised a record $65 million in the state.

He also took part in the defense of Lindh, the Marin County man who was a 20-year-old Taliban soldier in Afghanistan when he was captured in November 2001. Lindh pleaded guilty in 2002 to serving in the Taliban army and carrying weapons and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

West, who ran unsuccessfully for a state Assembly seat in San Jose in 2000, has acknowledged that the Lindh case dampened his political prospects, but said it was the kind of work he believed in.(Defending terrorists is the kind of work you believe in?)

“I really believe that in working on that case, I was recommitting myself to those principles of due process, fairness – things that separate us from most nations in the world,” he told The Chronicle in an interview last year.

If confirmed by the Senate, West would head the division that represents the government in a broad range of noncriminal cases, from contract disputes to immigration and national security.(National security representation from a terrorist sympathizer?) SF GATE

Pressure heats up on Eric Holder over all his al-Qaeda lawyers and National Security.

Why won’t Eric Holder release the names of the al-Qaeda 7 loiyahs?