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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 05:37 PM
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Obama names critics of Bush terror tactics to key Justice jobs
Obama names critics of Bush terror tactics to key Justice jobs

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers


WASHINGTON In filling four senior Justice Department positions Monday, President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush administration counter-terrorism policies authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, warrantless spying and indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects.

The most startling shift was Obama's pick of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to take charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the unit that's churned out the legal opinions that provided a foundation for expanding President George W. Bush's national security powers.

Johnsen, who spent five years at the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration and served as its acting chief, has publicly assailed "Bush's corruption of our American ideals.'' Upon the release last spring of a secret Office of Legal Counsel memo that permitted the aggressive interrogations of terrorism suspects, she excoriated the unit's lawyers for advising Bush ``that in fighting the war on terror, he is not bound by the laws Congress has enacted.''

"One of the refreshing things about Dawn Johnsen's appointment is that she's almost a 180-degree shift from John Yoo and David Addington and (Vice President) Dick Cheney,'' Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe said, referring to the main legal architects of the administration's approval of harsh interrogation tactics.

Obama also said that he'd nominate:

_ David Ogden, a top Justice Department official during the Clinton administration, as deputy attorney general, the No. 2 figure under Attorney General-designate Eric Holder.

_ Elena Kagan, the dean of the Harvard University Law School and a former Clinton White House aide, as solicitor general.

_ Tom Perrelli, counsel to Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno from 1997 to 1999, as the associate attorney general who oversees civil matters.

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/59012.html
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 05:58 PM
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1. Sanity returning to the Justice dept. She sounds like a real find.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 06:13 PM
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2. More positive news!
I love this!
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 06:21 PM
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3. Good news!!
Am feeling better all the time. Lets go get those b double-ew s h bastards.!
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 06:36 PM
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4. Very good people for those positions. Excellent! n/t
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 06:55 PM
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5. Anything for Iglesias?
Corruption czar?
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bcoylepa Donating Member (438 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 06:58 PM
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6. great news
we should be shouting this from the rooftops!!!
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 07:35 PM
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7. That's terrific. -& it's great to find at least one thread on DU that's not tearing Obama apart.:)nt
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