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Dawn Johnsen withdraws from consideration for Justice post

Associated Press
President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation after she languished for more than a year without a Senate vote.

Several Republicans objected to Dawn E. Johnsen over her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.

Johnsen's withdrawal was disclosed Friday by White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had recommended her confirmation on party-line votes. But several Republicans objected to Johnsen's sharp criticisms of terrorist interrogation policies under President George W. Bush, and the full Senate never voted on her nomination.

The decision about who should lead the little-known office became a political flashpoint because of the controversies surrounding Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects.

During the Bush administration, lawyers at the OLC wrote memos approving interrogation techniques that human rights advocates call torture. Those methods included waterboarding, or simulated drowning.

Lawyers who worked on those legal opinions were investigated for years but ultimately the Justice Department decided their actions were the result of poor judgment, not professional misconduct.

By Post Editor  |  April 9, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
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Allow this U.S. government microwave-tortured American journalist to nominate Dawn Johnsen to serve on "Project Geneva"...

...reportedly, a long-overdue effort to rout out the multi-agency WAR CRIMINALS behind covert high-tech microwave assault, torture, impairment and slow-kill homicide of extrajudicially and unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens...

...who also are financially sabotaged and terrorized by fed-funded "community watch" vigilantes:



Let me shortcut your important work; see latest "comments" pages of this article:

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"Lawyers who worked on those legal opinions were investigated for years but ultimately the Justice Department decided their actions were the result of poor
judgment, not professional misconduct." Were those years dog years? She should have had a recess appointment and been tasked with investigating Bush the Torturer.


Posted by: gwcox2 | April 10, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

people like her make America unsafe...
Thank GOD she withdrew her nomination...
seems the dems want America to be a dictatorship under obama...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 10, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

While Bybee and Yoo are still working, this person who obviously has a moral compass and a sense of U.S. rule of law is rejected. What good are Republicans anyway? They sure aren't working for this country.

Posted by: rowens1 | April 10, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Since when is being critical of the last Administration grounds for dismissing a Candidate? If this is going to be the case, and a guideline to which they choose any Candidate? Few will be available for the office. Ridiculous, and just another way the Republicans of "NO" continue their obstructionist ways. This is getting very old, and very ugly.

Posted by: sheilahowison | April 10, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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