Liz Cheney Al Qaeda Seven Ad Timed to John Yoo, Jay Bybee Report?
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program observed a possible correlation between the timing of the release of the Keep America Safe Al Qaeda Seven ad by its founder, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney and a Justice Department report, dated February 18, 2010.
The report reveals close contact between two of the attorneys believed to be among the architects of the Bush administration's adopted policy of enhanced interrogation techniques, John Yoo and Judge Jay Bybee, with the office of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Ms. Cheney has come under fire from fellow conservative Republicans for Keep America Safe's most recent efforts, which targets Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department and attorneys who represented prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison, appearing to question their loyalty and dubbing them the 'Al Qaeda Seven'.
Ms. Cheney has been a vigorous defender of her father and the former Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation, which others call torture, and has lamented the fact it can no longer be used as an anti-terrorism tactic. She has gone so far as to say the US is less safe without it.
The ad has been disparaged even within Conservative quarters; political pundit Paul Mirengoff, compared it to McCarthy's communist witch hunt.
Consider the timing: late on Friday, February 18, the Department of Justice released a long-delayed report that set out the details of how two Justice Department lawyers, in close contact with the Vice President's office, wrote a series of legal memos that grossly perverted existing law. ... just days after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Justice Department's ethics report, Keep America Safe on March 2 released its video on "The Al Qaeda 7".
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