Much has already been written of the U.S. Supreme Court's lawless, nonsensical decision in Boumediene v. Bush that gives
The nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights, which acted as co-counsel in the case, is deeply enmeshed in the politics of terrorism (take one guess on whose side) and has even taken money from groups linked to terrorism. CCR donors include the
CCR is now jumping for joy, absurdly hailing the June 12 decision as a great triumph for the Constitution. (I profiled CCR two years ago, noting that the disturbingly effective group was at the forefront of the legal left's push to give due process rights to
And yet the media doesn’t care to investigate CCR and its terrorist money trail, treating the fifth column law firm as a legitimate player in constitutional jurisprudence.
Media outlets’ descriptions of CCR are innocuous. Following the Boumediene decision, media described the Center as: “a public interest law firm that represented 37 detainees before the Supreme Court”(Baltimore Sun, no link); the firm that “has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees since 2002” (Washington Post); the firm that has “filed the first lawsuits challenging the detentions” (Houston Chronicle); and, as a firm that "supports habeas corpus cases" (Philadelphia Daily News).
The Center, founded by radical attorney William Kunstler in 1966, has spent more than four decades trying to obstruct
The Center scored a major legal victory in 2004 when the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Rasul v. Bush that its clients, 16 foreign nationals captured during
CCR is now using the courts to pick the deep pockets of corporations in order to undermine national security and advance its foreign policy agenda. In one transparently vexatious lawsuit, the Center sued heavy-machinery maker Caterpillar, Inc., after an American protester was run over by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9 bulldozer on a mission in the “no man’s land” near the Egyptian border in 2003. CCR has also sued private contractors CACI International Inc. and Titan International for their alleged connection to prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is headed by
Ratner has said Cuba’s “accomplishments” under Castro have been “great,” and has denounced the U.S. “onslaught against the Cuban Revolution,” and the prosecution of the Cuban Five, spies convicted in Miami in 2001. He calls the late President Ronald Reagan a murderer.
Ratner addressed an exercise in extremist political theater, the “International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration,” at which he compared the president to Adolf Hitler and accused him of formulating a “plan for what has to be called a coup-d’etat in
CCR also employs the granddaughter of the executed spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs, under the direction of the KGB, helped pass
CCR is funded by liberals, socialists, air-headed utopian idealists, communists,
Surely such an interesting law firm deserves a critical examination by the media.
*(John Yoo had an excellent op-ed entitled "The Supreme Court Goes to War" in the June 17 Wall Street Journal, and on the other side the Washington Post’s Dan Froomkin wrote a ridiculous, orgiastic, ahistorical ballad in which he grossly misrepresents the views of the Founding Fathers.)