Friday, January 9, 2009

Keeping The President Honest

Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen is Barack Obama's pick to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel is supposed to make sure the President obeys the law.

This is from an article she wrote last April about the memos that came from said Office of Legal Counsel authorizing the president to use torture.

But we must regain our ability to feel outrage whenever our government acts lawlessly and devises bogus constitutional arguments for outlandishly expansive presidential power. Otherwise, our own deep cynicism, about the possibility for a President and presidential lawyers to respect legal constraints, itself will threaten the rule of law--and not just for the remaining nine months of this administration, but for years and administrations to come.

I like her already.

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