Greg Craig is One Powerful White House Counsel

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

Something that’s gone a bit unremarked upon during last week’s overview of President Obama’s executive orders rolling back the torture policies of the Bush administration is the role of the White House counsel.

Remember that in former President George W. Bush’s first term, his crony and one-time White House counsel Alberto Gonzales — a man out of his depth on constitutional issues — was a willing partner of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s top lawyer, David Addington, and the Justice Department’s John Yoo, in asserting vast presidential authorities on surveillance, interrogation and detention. The National Security Council’s general counsel, John Bellinger, was simply excluded or railroaded in many of these cases, according to Bart Gellman and Jo Becker.

Obama’s White House counsel is another trusted aide, Greg Craig. But the similarities to Gonzales end there.

Craig was an aide to President Clinton, helping direct the team combating the impeachment proceedings, and a senior State Department official during Clinton’s second term. (He was one of the earliest Clintonistas to support Obama in the primaries.) As White House counsel, Craig appears to have consolidated a fair amount of power in his office. This morning, the White House announced 31 deputies and aides who’ll be working for Craig. One announcement in particular stands out:

Mary DeRosa

The President has named Mary DeRosa to be Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council.

So in the Obama White House, the legal counsel to the National Security Council will report to the White House counsel. It’s probably too early to tell the implications of this, but it stands to reason that Craig’s positions on torture will carry impressive bureaucratic heft. Yes, that’s not saying a whole lot, but it’s something to watch for in the coming four years.

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Jaff Sassani
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 10:32 am

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We are asking President Obama to correct the wrong policy of the US government in the Middle East. The lobbyists in America are supporting Turkey to make money. They are calming that Turkey is fighting terrorist organizations of PKK only. PKK are not violent organizations any more. They are asking the Turks of Turkey for peaceful settlement of Kurdish right in Turkey.
The Turks of Turkey are insisting to continue with the wars. The Turks of Turkey are hiring Israeli Government, Europeans and American lobbyist, Traders Barzani and Talabani mafia groups to finish of the Kurdish populations in Turkey.
Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union the Turks of Turkey killed and displaced at least ten million Kurds in Kurdistan region of Turkey. We are appealing to you directly Mr. President Obama to stop this unjust practice by Turkey.
We are calling on the Kurdish people world wide to join Eraiain liberations movement to stop the Turks and Israel plans for our people’s Genocide in Kurdistan of Turkey.


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nbpolitico
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

Where can you find this announcement? Does the White House not post news releases online? I can't find it anywhere on WhiteHouse.gov.


Jaff Sassani
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

Stop the process of Kurdish Genocide in Turkey

Israeli Government and Jewish lobbyist in Europe and America are helping Turks of Turkey for the Kurds Genocides in Turkey. Kurdish traders’ like Barzani, Talabani, Zebari and Barham Salah are partners of that crime against the Humanity.
We are asking President Obama to correct the wrong policy of the US government in the Middle East. The lobbyists in America are supporting Turkey to make money. They are calming that Turkey is fighting terrorist organizations of PKK only. PKK are not violent organizations any more. They are asking the Turks of Turkey for peaceful settlement of Kurdish right in Turkey.
The Turks of Turkey are insisting to continue with the wars. The Turks of Turkey are hiring Israeli Government, Europeans and American lobbyist, Traders Barzani and Talabani mafia groups to finish of the Kurdish populations in Turkey.
Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union the Turks of Turkey killed and displaced at least ten million Kurds in Kurdistan region of Turkey. We are appealing to you directly Mr. President Obama to stop this unjust practice by Turkey.
We are calling on the Kurdish people world wide to join Eraiain liberations movement to stop the Turks and Israel plans for our people’s Genocide in Kurdistan of Turkey.


nbpolitico
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

Where can you find this announcement? Does the White House not post news releases online? I can't find it anywhere on WhiteHouse.gov.


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