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Thank you, Keep America Safe

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 8, 2010 11:24 AM

If not for the vigilant work of Keep America Safe, the corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder’s national security stone wall on DOJ’s terror lawyers would still be standing.

Asking politely, in respectful tones with bowed heads and stooped spines, did not get the DOJ to cough up the names.

It took relentless pressure and synergistic conservative media scrutiny, which reached a tipping point when Keep America Safe ran a hard-hitting ad about the “al Qaeda 7,” to uncover the names. (Thomas Joscelyn has your must-read backgrounder here. Power Line has an intense debate over the fairness of the ad (see here and here.)

Now, instead of asking why the most transparent administration ever didn’t just disclose the identities of those lawyers for the American public and instead of getting to the bottom of why Holder sought to protect them from exposure, Keep America Safe is under attack by the ACLU, some Bush administration lawyers, and the ABA for being too “divisive.”

Well, hell, yes, the planned Gitmo closure, civilian trials for high-value jihadi suspects, and transparency-undermining Eric Holder’s interest-conflicted DOJ are “divisive” topics.

If we’ve learned anything from the last year, it’s that you won’t get anywhere with the hardball Chicagoans-on-the-Potomac through conciliation and mooooderation. This is an ideological battle that requires fierceness and fortitude — the willingness to combat the Left’s reckless ideas and underhanded tactics instead of capitulating to them whenever the civility mavens start whining about “tone.”

The DOJ terror lawyers’ defenders complain that it is unfair to question their motives and loyalty. There wouldn’t have been so many questions in the first place had Eric Holder simply divulged the names when Sen. Grassley asked him to do so months ago.

The predictable cries of “McCarthyism” are rising. The demand for public disclosure is now being characterized as a “witch hunt.” Exactly as the Obama White House would have it: Demonize dissent. Freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

Thank you, Keep America Safe, for taking the flak, keeping watch, and keeping American informed.

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