The new lawyer appointed to oversee Justice Department policy for detainees at Guantanamo Bay was previously a defense attorney for a fighter who admitted to fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to the Daily Mail, Tony West, who was appointed as acting associate attorney general, the agency’s number three spot, represented American Taliban member John Walker Lindh.
Lindh was charged with conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens and aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban. West was the public spokesman for the 20-year-old American Taliban fighter throughout his trial. Lindh pleaded guilty to carrying explosives for the Taliban and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Critics say the appointment of a lawyer who once defended terror suspects to a position overseeing terror detainees and a variety of other Justice tasks is symbolic of the United States’ increasingly radicalized Justice Department.
J. Christian Adams, Obama Justice Department Black Panther case whistleblower and author of Injustice said on Fox and Friends over the weekend, “The most dangerous thing is that West is overseeing Gitmo policy. It’s not that he’s just some guy at the Justice Department licking envelopes.”