Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Read This Now - Changing of the Guard

I was thinking about doing an overview of Obama's recent nominations to critical Justice and National Security positions especially as to the rule of law and the restoration of the Constitution, but Dan Froomkin beat me to it.

It has been like a national nightmare: We are attacked by terrorists and our leaders respond not with courage and a call to our higher natures, but by spreading fear -- and turning us into a regime of torturers. Rather than celebrate our Constitution and its enduring values, they use the levers of government to subvert it.

Now the nightmare appears to be almost over.

By choosing two vocal opponents of torture for two key positions -- Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel and Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency -- President-elect Barack Obama has indicated that he intends to make the cleanest possible break from Bush administration precedents, end torture and return to traditional interpretations of the Constitution.

The goods follow...

A nightmare indeed.

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