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  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Interview With Harold Koh, Obama's Defender of Drone Strikes

    Harold Koh, who once called Bush the "torturer in chief," has become one of President Obama's fiercest defenders of aerial drone strikes.
  • President Obama Rejected DOJ and DOD Advice, and Sided with Harold Koh, on War Powers Resolution

    06/18/2011 6:10:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Lawfare ^ | June 17, 2011 | Jack Goldsmith
    Charlie Savage has the amazing story that President Obama “rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization.” The Acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Caroline Krass, and the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Jeh Johnson, advised the President that military activities in Libya constituted “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution and thus Section 5(b) of the WPR required him to terminate or scale back the mission after May...
  • Obama Is Trying To Redefine What Constitutes Warfare (US-Libya)

    06/18/2011 1:21:21 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    6/18/2011 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    ...With Harold Koh (legal advisor for the Department of State) and Jay Carney in tow - engaged in a game of semantics. Harold Koh recently said: "We are not saying the president can take the country into war on his own. We are not saying the War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional or should be scrapped or that we can refuse to consult Congress. We are saying the limited nature of this particular mission is not the kind of hostilities envisioned by the War Powers Resolution." Problem is, is that the WPA does not make any distinction between one kind of...
  • Harvard Law Dean Kagan Replaced Constitution Studies With International Law

    06/01/2010 2:00:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 631+ views
    The New American ^ | June 1, 2010 | by Joe Wolverton, II
    On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy from the impending retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens at the end of the Supreme Court's 2009–2010 term. A significant entry in the catalog of Ms. Kagan’s remarkable achievements is her deanship of the über-prestigious Harvard Law School. In 2003, she was named, as the school’s first female dean, to succeed Robert C. Clark, who had held that post for over a decade. While manning the helm at Harvard Law, she attracted attention of alumni and observers for steering the ship away from...
  • Obama Team Is Divided on Tactics Against Terrorism

    03/29/2010 2:10:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 671+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2010 | Charlie Savage
    Senior lawyers in the Obama administration are deeply divided over some of the counterterrorism powers they inherited from former President George W. Bush, according to interviews and a review of legal briefs. The rift has been most pronounced between top lawyers in the State Department and the Pentagon, though it has also involved conflicts among career Justice Department lawyers and political appointees throughout the national security agencies. The discussions, which shaped classified court briefs filed this month, have centered on how broadly to define the types of terrorism suspects who may be detained without trials as wartime prisoners. The outcome...
  • Hammering Honduras--The State Department keeps slapping an ally

    01/25/2010 10:47:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 726+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2010 | Editorial
    Honduras will inaugurate president-elect Porfirio Lobo this week, two months after one of the world's most recently famous little countries held a successful democratic election. So we are left to wonder why the United States State Department is still trying to hammer anyone there who dared to participate last summer in the constitutional removal of President Manuel Zelaya from office. The U.S. has formally recognized the November presidential election, and the State Department tells us it also recognizes the congress's second vote to remove Mr. Zelaya. So what's the problem? It appears that State's pettiness still flows from the refusal...
  • Interpol Immunity (update from Andrew C. McCarthy)

    01/09/2010 8:19:57 AM PST · by opentalk · 19 replies · 1,287+ views
    Nation Review Online ^ | January 8, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Finally, today, we get at least an attempt at an explanation of President Obama’s dead-of-night decision on December 16 to grant Interpol — the international police force — immunity from American law. (See here and here.) Unfortunately, in the habit to which we’ve grown accustomed, the Obama administration itself didn’t provide the explanation. It comes from Interpol’s secretary general, Ron Noble, via an informative report by Valerie Richardson at Human Events. (Ms. Richardson, who quotes from my posts in her story, was good enough to call me for comment; I regret that, because of the press of other business, I...
  • UN, Interpol design 'global policing doctrine'

    10/13/2009 6:16:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 622+ views
    PressTV ^ | 12 Oct 2009 | PressTV
    The United Nations and Interpol, the global police organization, are poised to become partners in fighting crime by jointly creating an international police force. Interpol, which is financed by 187 member nations, says the "global police doctrine" would allow the deployment of peacekeepers among rogue nations plagued by war and organized crime. "We have a visionary model," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, who described the joint partnership "an alliance of all nations." He suggested that by relying on Interpol's resources, the United Nations would be able to handle international conflicts and transnational crime far better.
  • Jim DeMint -What I Heard in Honduras

    10/09/2009 6:57:13 PM PDT · by opentalk · 173 replies · 9,175+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 10, 2009 | Jim DeMint
    After visiting Tegucigalpa last week and meeting with a cross section of leaders from Honduras's government, business community, and civil society, I can report there is no chaos there. There is, however, chaos to spare in the Obama administration's policy toward our poor and loyal allies in Honduras. In a day packed with meetings, we met only one person in Honduras who opposed Mr. Zelaya's ouster, who wishes his return, and who mystifyingly rejects the legitimacy of the November elections: U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens.
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    03/31/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,819+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2009
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here.We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were 17...
  • Eric Holder’s Hidden Agenda: The investigation isn’t about torture, but about transnationalism.

    08/29/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT · by thouworm · 55 replies · 1,691+ views
    Nice Deb; NRO ^ | 08-28-2009 | Andrew McCarthy
    "I believe the explanation lies in the Obama administration’s fondness for transnationalism, a doctrine of post-sovereign globalism in which America is seen as owing its principal allegiance to the international legal order rather than to our own Constitution and national interests. "Recall that the president chose to install former Yale Law School dean Harold Koh as his State Department’s legal adviser. Koh is the country’s leading proponent of transnationalism. He is now a major player in the administration’s deliberations over international law and cooperation. Naturally, membership in the International Criminal Court, which the United States has resisted joining, is high...
  • Our laws, not foreign laws

    06/30/2009 9:15:53 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 445+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2009 | Jeff Sessions
    One of the threats facing our judiciary is the view that judges can use the laws of foreign nations to interpret the American Constitution. This is not an abstract argument but a view shared by legal minds across the country and put into practice by our own Supreme Court. It must be refuted and rejected - it is dangerous, and it is wrong. It is dangerous to our rights and liberties and to the Constitution that protects them. It is wrong because it violates the entire concept of republican government, in which the moral authority of our laws derives from...
  • Eight Republicans Help Confirm a Hard-Core Gun Banner

    06/26/2009 10:23:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies · 2,762+ views
    AmmoLand.com ^ | June 26, 2009 | GOA
    Washington, DC - -(AmmoLand.com)- Imagine that. The Senate confirmed this week, by a vote of 62-35, a gun banner who stays up at night thinking of ways to impose more gun control upon American citizens. Harold Koh is that gun grabber, and he was confirmed yesterday to be the Legal Adviser at the State Department. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans attempted to kill the Koh nomination with a filibuster — until eight of them crossed the aisle to help Democrats confirm Koh. The back-stabbing Senators are: Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Susan Collins (R-ME) Judd Gregg (R-NH) Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Richard Lugar (R-IN)...
  • Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical - "Guns Kill Civil Society," says State Department Nominee

    06/24/2009 7:55:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies · 1,836+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | June 23, 2009 | NA
    Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical -- "Guns Kill Civil Society," says State Department Nominee Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale. While advocates of the Second Amendment have come to expect that appointees of President Barack Obama would be hostile to the rights of gun owners, the president's nominee for legal advisor to the State Department reaches a whole new level of anti-gun extremism. Harold Hongju Koh, who served at the State Department under the Clinton administration, is a...
  • The Pursuit of John Yoo (0's War on Terror Vendetta)

    06/24/2009 3:05:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies · 317+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/24/2009 | The Editors
    Here's a political thought experiment: Imagine that terrorists stage an attack on U.S. soil in the next four years. In the recriminations afterward, Administration officials are sued by families of the victims for having advised in legal memos that Guantanamo be closed and that interrogations of al Qaeda detainees be limited. Should those officials be personally liable for the advice they gave President Obama? We'd say no, but that's exactly the kind of lawsuit that the political left, including State Department nominee Harold Koh, has encouraged against Bush Administration officials. This month a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that...
  • Obama Appointee Could Place Int'l Law Over Constitution

    05/22/2009 9:55:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 908+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/21/09 | Ken Timmerman
    Conservative leaders are set to oppose President Barack Obama’s State Department nomination of Harold Koh, an outspoken advocate for allowing international law to trump U.S. interests. The secretary of state legal counselor position would give Koh power to negotiate new international treaties that could dramatically change the way Americans live. The treaties that Koh will be instrumental in shaping could include ultra-liberal abortion laws nation-wide and prosecution of U.S. military personnel and former U.S. government officials in foreign courts for “crimes” committed while they were serving their government. Moreover, he could change the way the U.S. builds automobiles, outlaw private...
  • Obama legal adviser nominee, Koh, and why you should be really concerned!

    05/21/2009 8:48:10 AM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 2 replies · 293+ views
    The Daily Change ^ | 05212009 | TDC
    Is it really time for SHARIA LAW in America?
  • True Faith and Allegiance (Oliver North)

    05/14/2009 9:08:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 580+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- It is said that there are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge. And then there is Harold Koh, the man who is likely to be the next legal adviser to the State Department. Koh most recently served as dean of the Yale Law School and before that as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the Clinton administration. He is a prolific author and a legal activist of the left. Earlier this week, his nomination to be Foggy Bottom's barrister was approved by the Senate...
  • Koh’s Goal for the Legal Trade in Arms: Ban It

    05/12/2009 11:44:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,386+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 11th, 2009 | Theodore Bromund
    Harold Koh, the nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department, supports “the global regulation of small arms” and a “global gun control regime.” And he believes it is “needlessly provocative” for any U.S. representative to refer to the right to bear arms when speaking to a foreign audience: the very mention of the Second Amendment, apparently, is offensive. That has very serious implications for domestic policy, but what does Koh want to do with the legal, international arms trade? The answer is simple: he wants to ban it. In 2002, Koh spoke on the subject at Fordham Law School....
  • Obama's Latest Radical at the Defense Department

    05/12/2009 2:53:35 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 740+ views
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | By: John Perazzo
    On April 9th, op-ed columnist and Georgetown University law professor Rosa Brooks penned her final piece for the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper for which she had written on a regular basis since 2005. Her gig at the Times served as a nice steppingstone to a bigger and better professional frontier, namely her recent appointment by President Barack Obama to be an advisor to Michelle Fluornoy, the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. “At this moment in history,” Brooks gushes, “I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than being part of the new team that’s shaping U.S. policy.” Brooks’ credentials as...
  • Legal Advisor Nominee Advocates Global Gun Control

    05/04/2009 5:35:45 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 1,283+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 05/04/2009 | Brian Darling
    Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Harold Koh, a former Dean of the Yale Law School, to be Legal Advisor to the State Department. One of the many concerns with Koh is his belief that international organizations should be empowered to regulate the Second Amendment right to own a firearm. On April 2, 2002, Koh gave a speech to the Fordham University School of Law titled “A World Drowning in Guns” where he mapped out his vision of global gun control. Koh advocated an international “marking and tracing regime.” He complained that...
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK ( Harold Koh )

    05/03/2009 2:15:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 833+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | March 30, 2009 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish. If Canada, the...
  • Harold Koh, the Iraq War, and War-Crimes Liability

    04/27/2009 7:33:04 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 884+ views
    National Review ^ | 04-27-09 | [Ed Whelan
    State Department legal adviser nominee Harold Koh believes that notwithstanding congressional authorization, the Iraq war “violate[s] international law” because the United States did not receive “explicit United Nations authorization” for the war. I’d be interested to learn how (apart from crass political considerations) Koh reconciles his position on the Iraq war with his support for President Clinton’s war in Kosovo.  The Kosovo war had a much weaker basis in international law than the war in Iraq (which, among other things, had at the very least a strong claim of having implicit United Nations authorization).  And, as a matter of domestic law,...
  • Obama nominee touches a nerve in conservatives (Koh)

    04/21/2009 9:38:10 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 1 replies · 346+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Apr 21, 2009 | Joseph Williams
    WASHINGTON - Harold Hongju Koh, the Boston-born dean of Yale Law School, has spent part of his academic career analyzing the ways international law can influence a country's domestic laws. Koh casts himself as a pure academic, studying how international norms seep into domestic legal opinions. But during the Bush administration, he was among the many academics who criticized the president for failing to uphold the Geneva Conventions and other treaties. SNIP ....[O]pposition is growing among conservative thinkers, right-wing blogs, and some Republican lawmakers. They suggest that if Koh becomes the chief legal adviser to American diplomats, he would give...
  • America bows to the World

    04/13/2009 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 6 replies · 323+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 4/13/09 | alaphiah
    In perhaps the singular and most symbolic act which could sum up what President Obama’s secret intentions for America are, in spite of the White House’s efforts to have you believe that your eyes were lying to you. President Barack Hussein Obama has done what no other U.S. President has done and what American tradition and presidential protocol is set against. Obama bowed to Royalty. Was he telegraphing a message from his unconscious?
  • The Elephant in the Room: Obama vs. United States

    04/09/2009 7:12:18 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 105 replies · 3,408+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 9, 2009 | Rick Santorum
    Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions. His nomination of former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be the State Department's top lawyer constitutes further evidence of his disdain for American values. This seemingly obscure position in Foggy Bottom's bureaucratic maze is one of the most important in any administration, shaping foreign policy in the courts and playing a critical role in international negotiations and treaties. Let's set...
  • THE PARTY OF TORTURE (Barf Alert)

    04/06/2009 9:04:52 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 2 replies · 348+ views
    Tapped: The American Prospect Blog ^ | 04/06/2009 | Adam Serwer
    Last week, I argued that opposition to torture was the reason why State Department Counsel nominee Harold Koh and Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen had drawn the ire of the Republican smear machine. On the surface, Republican opposition to Koh was based on a fictional anecdote about Koh supporting "Sharia" in the United States, and Johnsen's opinions on abortion. Scott Horton reports that torture indeed has something to do with Republican opposition to Koh and Johnsen, but it's far more disturbing than a difference of opinion on interrogation policy and human rights. It seems Republicans are holding Obama's...
  • Symptom of a Constitutional Disease

    04/02/2009 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 11 replies · 1,033+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On special occasions, I wear a red silk tie printed with 56 signatures, all but one of them in black; the featured one in white is “Th. Jefferson.” The names are, of course, the signers of the Declaration of Independence. When asked, I tell folks I practice law for a bunch of dead guys. They pay me nothing. But it is an honor to represent them, especially when it reaches into the Supreme Court. That brings me to President Obama’s nomination of Harold Koh, Dean of Yale Law School, as Legal Advisor to the State Department. This nomination is a...
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    04/01/2009 6:25:35 AM PDT · by AJMCQ · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here. We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were...
  • Koh, No? Critics Decry Obama Nominee for State Department Legal Adviser

    03/31/2009 3:50:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 1,367+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 31, 2009
    Harold Koh, President Obama's pick to become one of the State Department's top lawyers, has ignited fury among critics who say his legal views are a threat to American democracy. March 31, 2009 President Obama's nominee to be the State Department's legal adviser has ignited a fury among conservative critics who say his views are a threat to American democracy -- an accusation the White House on Tuesday called "outrageous" and "completely baseless." Former Clinton administration official Harold Koh, who has been dean of the Yale Law School since 2004, once wrote that the U.S. was part of an "axis...
  • Obama nominee sees no "reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case ..."

    03/30/2009 11:09:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies · 3,674+ views
    Obama nominee sees no "reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States" SNIPPET: "Koh has called America's focus on the War on Terror "obsessive." In 2004, he listed countries that flagrantly disregard international law -- "most prominently, North Korea, Iraq, and our own country, the United States of America," which he branded "the axis of disobedience.[...] Even though he's up for a State Department job, Koh is a key test case in the "judicial wars.""
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICKr

    03/30/2009 7:31:33 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 8 replies · 596+ views
    NY Post ^ | 03/30/2009 | Free America
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
  • U.S. Says It Has Withdrawn From World Judicial Body

    03/09/2005 8:35:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 230 replies · 9,965+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2005 | ADAM LIPTAK
    Prompted by an international tribunal's decision last year ordering new hearings for 51 Mexicans on death rows in the United States, the State Department said yesterday that the United States had withdrawn from the protocol that gave the tribunal jurisdiction to hear such disputes. The withdrawal followed a Feb. 28 memorandum from President Bush to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales directing state courts to abide by the decision of the tribunal, the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The decision required American courts to grant "review and reconsideration" to claims that the inmates' cases had been hurt by the...