05 January 2009

Dawn Johnsen a breath of fresh air at OLC

Glenn Greenwald (Salon) is very complimentary of Obama's pick for Chief of the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn Johnsen, and makes a strong argument for why this is a critically important position. Read this blog piece from March by Johnsen for a flavor of her passion for the rule of law.

It was from OLC that the outrageous perversion of law to justify torture and illegal wiretapping emerged in the Bush years. Johnsen makes clear that she clearly understands that it is OLC's job to avoid secret law, to tell the president no when his chosen policies are illegal, and to preserve and protect the constitution, not the president's agenda. How incredibly refreshing.

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