Dawn Johnsen nomination

From People For the American Way:

Dawn Johnsen has been tapped by President Obama to head the incredibly important Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Justice Department. It’s the same office which under the last president offered the legal rationale for the administration’s torture policies and approved other policies that undermined privacy and due process rights. Dawn Johnsen is the perfect pick to clean it up and restore justice.

Staying true to their commitment to extreme government secrecy, some Republican senators are threatening to filibuster Johnsen’s nomination if certain documents from the Bush administration OLC are made public. They are also distorting her record and attacking her qualifications because she was such an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s legal policies. On top of that, the Religious Right has made it a priority to sink her nomination because she is an experienced advocate for reproductive freedom.

In reality, Dawn Johnsen is eminently qualified for this job, having already served as acting head of the OLC in 1997 and 1998 while Republicans held up then President Clinton’s nominee to fill the slot, Beth Nolan. The Right fears Dawn Johnsen for the same reason that we must fight for her confirmation: her steadfast commitment to constitutional values and civil liberties.

There’s a petition, which you can sign here. (Thanks, Jender-Parents!)

3 thoughts on “Dawn Johnsen nomination

  1. Hi Jill – I work for NARAL Pro-Choice America and I wanted to let you know that Nancy Keenan, our president, has a great post up on Huffington Post about our efforts to get Dawn Johnsen – and two other Obama nominees – confirmed. Check it out here.

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