Thursday, February 01, 2007

Yet another Pentagon PR disaster

Potshot at Guantanamo lawyers backfires

Two weeks after a senior Pentagon official suggested that corporations should pressure their law firms to stop assisting detainees at Guantanamo Bay, major companies have turned the tables on the Pentagon and issued statements supporting the law firms' work on behalf of terrorism suspects. ...

... Brackett Denniston, senior vice president and general counsel of General Electric, said the company strongly disagrees with the suggestion that it discriminate against law firms that do such work. "Justice is served when there is quality representation even for the unpopular," Denniston said in a statement.

That's General Electric, major defense contractor and owner of NBC News.

Threats are rarely good PR, this one was partcularly cow handed.

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