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Michael Ratner - The Man Behind the Attack on Guantanamo
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 16, 2005 | Rocco DiPippo

Posted on 12/12/2005 3:00:49 PM PST by new yorker 77

The general leading the force to free the captive enemy from the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, and inflict a humiliating defeat on the United States is so-called “civil rights” and “Constitutional” attorney Michael Ratner. It was Ratner who led the way in recruiting elite lawyers to defend the enemy combatants being interrogated at Gitmo. But Ratner is a long-time leader of two pro-Communist and anti-American organizations who have for decades lent aid and comfort to America's enemies in the Cold War and beyond.

Michael Ratner began his legal career in the late 1960s at the National Lawyers Guild, a Soviet created front group which still embraces its Communist heritage. He worked his way up through the NLG’s radical ranks to become its president, then moved on to hold the same position at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which shares the NLG's anti-American radicalism and was founded by pro-Castro lawyers Arthur Kinoy and William Kunstler. Among its many outrages, the CCR has defended domestic and international terrorists, and has honored Ratner's NLG colleague and convicted terrorist enabler Lynne Stewart, a modern Legal Left idol. Since 9/11, Ratner and his comrades have attempted to extend undeserved “civil rights” to Islamist murderers with notable success. On this front, Ratner and the Legal Left have dealt America some of its few setbacks in the War on Terror.

One year ago the U.S. suffered its first major loss in this war, a strategic and propaganda defeat, related to America’s abilities to imprison and interrogate enemies that it captures. Abu Ghraib was a huge propaganda victory, both for Islamists, who used it to “justify” their violent attacks, and for fifth column leftists, who made use of the media’s saturation coverage to portray the U.S. as the world’s biggest oppressor, the Bush administration as a cabal of Nazi thugs, and the Iraq war as an immoral undertaking. The gross overplay of that prison scandal in concert with other overblown and sometimes fabricated stories – like Newsweek’s “Koran in the toilet” canard – emboldened Islamic terrorists, eroded U.S. public support for the War on Terror, and damaged America’s credibility around the world.

Now, as our memories of 9/11 continue to fade into the past, Michael Ratner has opened another battle against the War on Terror – at Guantanamo Bay. Never mind that almost all of the prisoners at Guantanamo were picked up by U.S. forces doing battle for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, or that many of them are, in Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s words, “the worst of the worst.” Never mind that al-Qaeda members and close associates of Osama bin Laden fill their ranks, or that they’re trained to fabricate tales of abuse to erode their enemy’s morale. Although most of them are violent religious fanatics, and although they’ve been treated better than any captured combatants in world history, Michael Ratner and his lawyers want to provide them the chance to trumpet their “grievances” to a sympathetic press, exploit legal loopholes, and ultimately return to the battlefield.

The fight to liberate Guantanamo prison

As the wreckage of the Twin Towers was still smoldering, Michael Ratner began planning his attack on America’s post-9/11 defense strategy. Realizing that it would take major legal clout to seriously subvert the War on Terror, Ratner began taking steps to attract major U.S law firms to his cause. First, he adopted a high public profile against the Bush administration’s reaction to 9/11 by savaging every facet of its plan to protect the U.S. from future attack. Working the “civil liberties” angle for all it was worth, Ratner raged at the Patriot Act, railed against profiling techniques designed to ferret out Islamic terrorists in our midst, and opposed invading Afghanistan to hunt down and capture Osama bin Laden and his Taliban henchmen.

The mainstream press assisted Ratner by promoting him as a champion of civil rights while carefully hiding his lifelong radicalim from the American public (see below). When the Islamists’ battleground changed, Ratner took a prominent role in the antiwar movement by opposing Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ratner became a staple of antiwar, anti-Bush events. More importantly, he filed a series of high-profile nuisance suits against the Bush administration, one of which attempted to have Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrested and tried for “war crimes” by German courts.

In April 2002, Ratner led the Center for Constitutional Rights in filing a class action suit, Turkmen v. Ashcroft, on behalf of Muslim illegal aliens and non-citizens who were picked up for questioning shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The suit alleges “that the INS arrested this group on the pretext of minor immigration violations and secretly detained them for the weeks and months the FBI took to clear them of terrorism, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international human rights law.” Filed against former Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, former INS Commissioner James Ziglar, and officials of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the Turkmen case catapulted Ratner into the legal spotlight and – according to him – gained him valuable legal help from other firms once too nervous to touch cases involving 9/11 suspects. He set out to recruit pro bono help, and sympathetic leftist counselors now had fewer inhibitions against joining him.

After suffering a series of legal setbacks in his pro-terrorist legal crusade, Ratner won a major victory in Rasul v. Bush, a suit he brought seeking to grant Islamist terror suspects access to U.S. courts. That victory cleared the way for him to gain direct access to Guantanamo’s prisoners. With this, the trickle of queries from other law firms soon became a steady stream of volunteers to his cause.

Now it’s a torrent, and major U.S. firms including Clifford Chance; Dorsey & Whitney; Allen & Overy; Covington & Burling; and Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr – the last of which also does business with companies involved in the U.S. defense, national security, and government contracts sectors – have teamed up with Michael Ratner and CCR to provide legal services to terrorists and terrorist suspects. (Does the firm know Ratner’s background? If so, does the government know about its connection to Ratner?) Today, teams of lawyers fly to Guantanamo Bay to help people who, if given the chance, would kill all of them and make the Koran their only basis of law.

Obviously, there are many ethical lawyers and law firms that represent violent criminals and defend those with whom they may have deep moral and ideological disagreements – but Ratner is not one of them. “I don't usually take cases where I disagree with the politics of the people involved,” he said in a 2002 interview, clarifying where he stands on anti-American terrorism.

Ratner’s odd view of “justice” stems from his decades in service to the radical cause. Ratner’s pro-Communist, pro-terrorist views are perhaps best illustrated by his affinity for Cuba’s totalitarian regime and by his love of the man who set up Castro’s KGB-inspired prison system, Ché Guevara. Guevara – who was known for taping his victims’ mouths shut to avoid hearing their screams as he tortured and murdered his way through Cuba – is, despite his real life incompetence, a hero of mythical proportions to the Left. Ratner chose to sing Che’s praises in a1997 book:

…for many of us seeking to change our society, Cuba was a desirable model. And it was Ché Guevara, more than any other figure, who embodied both that revolution and solidarity with peoples fighting to be free from U.S. hegemony…Ché has remained my hero ever since. (Emphasis added.)

In the same book, Ratner recounts a hiking trip he once took to retrace the path of Guevara:

Tears streamed down my cheeks, my energy was renewed and I completed the hike. To be like Ché: To be selfless, to make a family of one’s comrades, to give up comfort and material gain for the revolution, to risk and probably give one’s life to free humanity.

Though he fights to keep violent convicted criminals who flee to Cuba safe from extradition back to America, “civil rights champion” Ratner has never spoken up for the civil rights of non-violent Cuban dissidents – including the journalists, artists, and activists who have been tossed into Castro’s horrific prisons after mock trials. Ironically, some of those hellholes are a short distance from the U.S. run camp at Guantanamo Bay.

The Soros Connection

Ratner’s CCR has almost always received modest funding, most of it from far-Left organizations and leftist-run foundations. But funding of CCR increased by leaps and bounds after Ratner adopted his post-9/11 high profile.

The George Soros-funded Open Society Institute, the Tides Foundation, and other leftist support groups began heavily funding Ratner and CCR’s anti-Bush, antiwar, anti-American agendas.

Thanks to these forces, the proper relationship between prisoner and guard, deemed vital for successful interrogation, has now been damaged and the Department of Defense (DOD) faces a dilemma. Ratner’s suit has already somewhat undermined its effectiveness at Guantanamo Bay. If the DOD closes Gitmo, the prisoners will be set free or moved to the U.S. where it will be nearly impossible to deny them access to U.S. courts. If the department moves the prisoners to another location outside of U.S. jurisdiction, Ratner and his fifth column legal army will simply begin another high-profile fight for the prisoners’ “rights,” and the propaganda battle begins anew with continued erosion of popular and political support for the War on Terror.

Though the battle for Guantanamo’s prisoners is not yet over, from the time the first plane-load of lawyers touched down in Cuba, two things became abundantly clear: Islamist psychopaths had won a major victory against America’s resolve to fight them.

And Michael Ratner, George Soros, and a host of prestigious American law firms helped them.

Rocco DiPippo, a free-lance political writer, publishes The Autonomist blog and is a contributor to David Horowitz’s Moonbat Central group blog.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
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FYI: Bill O'Reilly had David Horowitz on his radio program today.

In Today's NY Slimes, There is a FULL PAGE ad on Page A17.

The ad is signed by Michael Ratner, Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan, etc.

It is called: Drive Out the Bush Regime.

It calls for interupting the President's 2006 State of the Union.

It is sponsored by the Revolutionary Communist Party in coordination with NOT IN OUR NAME.

If someone can get a link to this ad and post it, it will be greatly appretiated.

1 posted on 12/12/2005 3:00:51 PM PST by new yorker 77
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To: new yorker 77
"But Ratner is a long-time leader of two pro-Communist and anti-American organizations who have for decades lent aid and comfort to America's enemies in the Cold War and beyond."

When did he become leader of the Democrat party? /s The Democrats clearly have established their association with this man and his supporting organizations.

2 posted on 12/12/2005 3:04:37 PM PST by Forte Runningrock
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To: new yorker 77

Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan etc. should all be hung for treason. Saddam would have had them shot. China would have had them shot. Russia would have had them shot. In fact, near every country in the world would have them shot.


3 posted on 12/12/2005 3:08:49 PM PST by Forte Runningrock
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To: new yorker 77

send ratnah to nablus


4 posted on 12/12/2005 3:12:05 PM PST by avile (Hamavdil bain Kodesh lehol)
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To: new yorker 77

Ratner and his communist agenda wouldn't move an inch without the aid and comfort of the Marxist pigs in black robes.


5 posted on 12/12/2005 3:15:02 PM PST by sergeantdave (Member of the Arbor Day Foundation, travelling the country and destroying open space)
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To: new yorker 77

Any relation to leftist media commentator Ellen Ratner?


6 posted on 12/12/2005 3:17:23 PM PST by Stirner
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To: sergeantdave

BINGO, Without the Marxist in Black Robes, Ratner would be sweeping floors at McDonalds


7 posted on 12/12/2005 3:20:43 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Stirner
Any relation to leftist media commentator Ellen Ratner?
I don't know anything about their relations, but they are married.
8 posted on 12/12/2005 3:28:16 PM PST by rmlew (Sedition and Treason are both crimes, not free speech.)
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To: new yorker 77
Take a look at Ratner's weasily mug here http://www.humanrightsnow.org/ and see if you don't think he embodies what normal Americans think a slimebag pos personal injury lawyer would look like. This man is a turd who unfortunately hasn't been flushed.
9 posted on 12/12/2005 3:29:16 PM PST by robowombat
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To: Stirner

I checked several online bio's for Michael and Ellen Ratner -- and NEITHER lists a marriage or name of spouse...

Judging they're both wild eyed and long toothed America hating Communists -- I suspect they're married...

Lord -- I hope they're infertile.....
Perhaps they're both homosexuals and "married" for appearances.....

Semper Fi


10 posted on 12/12/2005 3:33:38 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: river rat

If I recall, correctly, Ellen is gay.


11 posted on 12/12/2005 3:41:53 PM PST by surrey
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To: surrey

Just Googled and I believe that her brother is Bruce Ratner, big realestate mogul, among other things.


12 posted on 12/12/2005 3:45:46 PM PST by surrey
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To: surrey
"If I recall, correctly, Ellen is gay."

You mean Homosexual, Lesbian, Muff diver, carpet muncher?..

Hell, I can't fault her for that, I like women too.

I'm "Gay"! I'm a happy straight guy, with a wonderful family.....

Words mean things....and there is a word for Homosexuals that has been sufficient and clearly definitive for centuries....

I am not adopting PC language or thought.....

Semper Fi

13 posted on 12/12/2005 3:54:21 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: new yorker 77
Tears streamed down my cheeks, my energy was renewed and I completed the hike. To be like Ché: To be selfless, to make a family of one’s comrades, to give up comfort and material gain for the revolution, to risk and probably give one’s life to free humanity.

Oh baaaarf ... how long must we wait for open season on these scumbags?
14 posted on 12/12/2005 4:04:04 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Stirner; Fedora

Speaking of Ellen Ratner:

BREAKING: Lawsuit Outs Reporter Ellen Ratner as Source for Seth Rich Information
GATEWAYPUNDIT ^ | 7/15/2019 | Jim Hoft
Posted on 7/16/2019, 11:44:10 AM by bitt
Businessman Ed Butowsky filed a lawsuit on Monday that outed FOX News reporter Ellen Ratner was his source for the Seth Rich information.
This comes after Michael Isikoff’s report last week that labeled Butowsky as a Russian source.
Ed told The Gateway Pundit today that Ellen Ratner lied to Isikoff. Ed provided The Gateway Pundit with a copy of his email with Ratner.
Butowsky added that he spoke with Isikoff off the record and he broke his trust by contacting Ratner.
Butowsky told The Gateway Pundit that after last week’s report he was forced to speak out. Ed also says he has more evidence that Ratner was his source on the Seth Rich information.
Butowsky claims Ratner gathered the information on Seth Rich after contact with Wikileaks officials. The Gateway Pundit has not confirmed that information.
Isikoff is already tied to the Trump-Russia collusion scandal after reporting on the junk dossier in his Yahoo report in 2016. The deep state leaked the info specifically to Isikoff who they knew to be a friendly reporter.
Lawflog.com reported:
(Excerpt) Read more at thegatewaypundit.com ...


15 posted on 09/18/2019 4:34:44 AM PDT by piasa (')
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To: piasa
Ratner became a staple of antiwar, anti-Bush events. More importantly, he filed a series of high-profile nuisance suits against the Bush administration, one of which attempted to have Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrested and tried for “war crimes” by German courts.

Ratner did this through a German law passed in 2002 letting war crimes charges against anyone, anywhere, be brought in German courts even if the cases had no relevant connection to Germany. As it happens, 2002 is the date the US allegedly began eavesdropping on Merkel according to Snowden/Wikileaks.

16 posted on 09/18/2019 4:49:24 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: new yorker 77

To hell with antiwar Germany and the EU

We must have real war and kill people that are our enemies

Lawyer shackles on our ability to kill in war are the reason we cannot kill Taliban on the wholesale scale that is necessary


17 posted on 09/18/2019 4:52:30 AM PDT by bert ( (KE. NP. N.C. +12) Progressives are existential American enemies)
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To: piasa; Liz; Fedora; RummyChick; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

The lawyer Ratner worked with in Germany using the 2002 law was Wolfgang Kaleck. Guess who Wolfgang later represented?

Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck on the Global ...
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/24/edward...

Wolfgang Kaleck is the general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights—his new book is—Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for …


18 posted on 09/18/2019 4:57:00 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa

Ratner’s friend Wolfgang on a case involving Merkel and an exposed US asset...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-usa-spying-idUSKBN0FC06P20140707


19 posted on 09/18/2019 5:04:19 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa

Ratner was a protégé of William Kunstler, and presumably Marxist Arthur Kinoy & Morton Stavis (CPUSA) too (via NLG/CCR).

He was an avowed Marxist (psychopath) and admitted it in a article published in the late 80’s by the Council on Inter-American Security re a debate with Michael Waller.

Ratner was a brilliantly evil lawyer, taking after his communist mentors. If I remember correctly he died within the past year or so and is now filing lawsuits against freedom from down below, wearing Asbestos briefs.


20 posted on 09/18/2019 10:24:36 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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