[Manifestly the Bush administration is beginning to freak out.  One does not take on the American legal establishment lightly and we may be seeing here the torch that is lighting the fires of impeachment long overdue.  The Bush administration has violated just about every fundamental Constitutional and international law protection of individuals and whole groups and at least one nation that it has assaulted.  It is blowing it with frantic lashing out and rushing about here, there, and everywhere to no good purpose (Condi in flight currently).  We look to be watching the worst presidency of American history now unraveling? Ed Kent]

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/13/washington/13gitmo.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Detainees

By NEIL A. LEWIS
Published: January 13, 2007

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 — The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.

The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.

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