Of Obama’s many smart picks, one of the most significant, yet the one least likely to attract public attention, is the nomination of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel.
You may recall that during the Bush years, the OLC, which is supposed to advise the president on how to obey the law, was overrun by ambulance chasers like John Yoo, who used the office’s influential legal opinions to shape profoundly misguided policies.
In case you’re wondering how much of an “anti-Yoo” Johnsen is, here’s a Slate blog post she wrote last April about the infamous torture memo. Money quote:
Where is the outrage, the public outcry?! The shockingly flawed content of this memo, the deficient processes that led to its issuance, the horrific acts it encouraged, the fact that it was kept secret for years and that the Bush administration continues to withhold other memos like it–all demand our outrage.