Harold Koh Goes to the State Department and the Rule of Law Applauds

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Monday, March 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm

President Obama just announced that Harold Hongju Koh, the head of Yale Law School and a human rights official during the Clinton administration, will be the legal adviser to the State Department. That’s big news as the administration proceeds with its review of interrogations, detentions and renditions policy. Koh, recall, dramatically testified at Alberto Gonzales’ confirmation hearing to become attorney general in 2005, calling the infamous August 2002 Office of Legal Counsel memo authorizing torture “perhaps the most clearly erroneous legal opinion that I have ever read” and a “stain on our national reputation.” With Koh advising the State Department, expect a great deal of emphasis on international human rights law. It’ll be especially interesting to see what he says about the legality of rendition in particular, and, relatedly, on the repatriation of detainees to countries where they’re likely to be abused, as with the Uighurs at Guantanamo Bay that Daphne has so diligently been tracking.

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Harold Koh to State Dept « Later On
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24AheadDotCom
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

Apparently Spencer Ackerman has a selective definition of “rule of law”. Harold Koh supports illegal activity.


Sandy
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 6:39 am

Marty Lederman, Dawn Johnsen, Harold Koh, Phil Carter, Susan Rice, Samantha Power … is their a prominent anti-torture advocate or human rights leader this administration *isn't* tapping for office?


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Sandra
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

fabulous news for the world, another reason to start to feel proud again of my American birth


James (Jamie) Driscoll
Comment posted March 31, 2009 @ 6:21 am

Why is our Constitution inadequate to this man? Why, in his opinion and apparently, in that of our President, has our “behavior” regarding our vigilance against terror threats, been “obsessive”?
Just when you think the Administration can't come up with anybody more far out and out of touch, they surprise to the down side yet again.
I remember when politicians used to say, “God bless the United States” at the end of their speeches; maybe we should re-phrase that to be, “God help the United States”-assuming of course, that our right to say it at all isn't rescinded by the Justice Department.


Walter
Comment posted March 31, 2009 @ 9:58 am

Sandra you are a sick person. You are only now proud that a man who has nothing but disdain for the Constitution the very document that created the best country on the planet and last great hope of the world, the same document that allows you the freedom to make stupid statements that show your ignorance know to all is no good and should be replaced by the failed ideas of other countries. I only hope if your country does fall into a fascist country with dictators and such that you and the like are the first to suffer in the concentration camps.


Bud Kriese
Comment posted March 31, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

What's one more traitor in a government full of them ?


zack
Comment posted March 31, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

How many more lawyers can Obama put into power. Obama is a lawyer right. Lawyers are supposed to be here to defend the law or at least their interpretation of the law. They arent supposed to enforce it.


Ann
Comment posted April 1, 2009 @ 8:20 am

Once again, Obama can't get it when he appoints people who have no respect for America. Anyone who wants to acknowledge Sharia law in America is a major lunatic. This law is barbaric and anti-women and anti muslim. You can't have various laws from all over the world apply in the US. Anyone who would agree with this needs to pack their bags and leave the US – see ya Sandra!


jaytee
Comment posted April 2, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

The crazy right wing nut jobs are doing it again. There is no accuracy to the Sharia law accusation. Some Fox blogger did not fact check before releasing yet another FALSE claim against a truely honorable American. All you stupid people that don't do your research (try going to more than the far right blogs that just keep repeating the same rummor – so middle school!) need to learn to read and write.


jaytee
Comment posted April 3, 2009 @ 4:30 am

The crazy right wing nut jobs are doing it again. There is no accuracy to the Sharia law accusation. Some Fox blogger did not fact check before releasing yet another FALSE claim against a truely honorable American. All you stupid people that don't do your research (try going to more than the far right blogs that just keep repeating the same rummor – so middle school!) need to learn to read and write.


Catherine Powell: Dean Harold Koh: A Great Nomination for State Department Legal Advisor
Pingback posted April 10, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

[...] Koh’s sterling character and unparalleled professional accomplishments speak for themselves. The scurrilous attacks that have surfaced against Dean Koh in recent weeks [...]


Catherine Powell: Dean Harold Koh: A Great Nomination for State Department Legal Advisor « Wizreport
Pingback posted April 11, 2009 @ 1:50 am

[...] Koh’s sterling character and unparalleled professional accomplishments speak for themselves. The scurrilous attacks that have surfaced against Dean Koh in recent weeks [...]


sirlin
Comment posted June 25, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

Harold Koh professes himself as an advocate of Human Rights, but wants to turn America into a country of sheep. His views against our rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution would lead to an attempt to disarm all Americans; making them helpless in the face of aggression. Look at England and what has happened to them. Don't let America down. Get rid of this menace to America's freedoms!


Dina_ali3
Comment posted September 29, 2010 @ 5:37 am

sandra harld is so stupid misserable selfish woman also it is abviosly that she was the reason and that she had trained the chimp to do that .she let the chimp to do that in her friend.out of jelousy …god knows


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