Nothing like a little coordination between the Pentagon and the right wing noise machine.
The suggestion by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, that corporations should consider boycotting law firms who are doing pro bono work representing detainees at Gitmo, came after he received a FOIA request from conservative radio host and former Nixon groupie Monica Crowley seeking a list of all the lawyers and law firms representing detainees.
Later, during a radio interview (not with Crowley), Stimson--who was a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., specializing in felony domestic violence and child abuse cases before going to the Pentagon to oversee the detainee program--read from the list produced to Crowley and indicated that he expected the names of the lawyers and law firms to be a big story in coming days:
âI think the news story that youâre really going to start seeing in the next couple of weeks is this: As a result of a FOIA request through a major news organization, somebody asked, âWho are the lawyers around this country representing detainees down there?â and you know what, itâs shocking.â
For her part, Crowley made a recent trip to Guantanamo and on her radio show is marking the fifth anniversary of the detainee facility there: "We're there, we're fair, and we're not going anywhere!"
As the New York Times noted, the fifth anniversary of the Gitmo prison was also the peg for a Robert Pollock op-ed in Friday's Wall Street Journal which cited the list and attributed this quote to an unnamed âsenior U.S. official": âCorporate C.E.O.âs seeing this should ask firms to choose between lucrative retainers and representing terrorists.â
A series of completely unconnected random events, I'm sure.