Who is Tony West?
Tony West is an assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the DOJ. He was nominated by President Obama in January 2009 and confirmed in April. Prior to earning a spot in Holder’s Justice Department and leading the charge against the people of Arizona, Mr. West defended “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh.
Who is the American Taliban?
John Walker Lindh was born in 1981, as an adolescent he became devoted to hip-hop music and pretended to be an African-American rapper during online sessions. After viewing the movie Malcolm X by Spike Lee, John Walker Lindh became interested in Islam. In 1997, the white, Catholic, American born citizen converted to Islam; and the rest, as they say, is history.
Before 9/11, Lindh travelled the Islamic circuit abroad and settled in Afghanistan where he assumed the name Sulayman al-Faris and took up arms with the Taliban. He received training at a camp associated with Al-Qaeda and met Osama bin Laden.
The American Taliban was captured in November 2001, during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, a violent Taliban prison uprising where American CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann was killed.
Tony West, Obama’s pick to serve in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster, LLP San Francisco (MoFo) (MoFo-you couldn’t ask for a better acronym); in that capacity West was a strong advocate for the American Taliban soldier and successfully plea bargained a 20-year jail sentence.
It didn’t end there; after the conviction, Lindh’s lawyers at MoFo headed by West’s boss James Brosnahan renewed annual petitions to President Bush to commute Lindh’s sentence, not on the grounds of innocence, all parties are in agreement as to the American Taliban’s guilt, but purely on the grounds of mercy.
Talk about a lawyer going above and beyond, rare these days unless of course it’s a cause one truly believes in.
In January 2009, shortly before Obama nominated Tony West, one of President Bush’s final acts in office was to deny Lindh’s petition of clemency.
In April 2009, Tony West was confirmed; the American Taliban has a former advocate and champion in today’s DOJ. Hope springs eternal.
Prior to West’s appointment to the DOJ, he was on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and helped raise $65 million.
Tony West is married to Maya Harris who is a former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and is the vice president for Peace & Social Justice at the Ford Foundation.
That foundation gave $200,000 to MALDEF; the ACLU was joined by MALDEF in its lawsuit against Arizona.
Tony West’s sister-in-law is the District Attorney of San Francisco and has furthered that city’s sanctuary policy for criminal illegal aliens, including placing them in taxpayer funded training programs to secure American jobs.
Tony West leads the DOJ case against Arizona.
Click here for a deeper look into Tony West’s radical affiliations, including the Gitmo 9 & al-Qaeda 7
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