Get Ready for Obama's Department of 'Extreme' Justice
For financial reasons, some lawyers have to take in any client who walks in the door, even if they don't necessarily like the client or agree with his positions. But senior partners like Ogden who work at large firms like Wilmer Cutler can choose their clientele, and he has made a career of representing pornographers and abortionists.
Thomas Perrelli, meanwhile, is the nominee for associate attorney general, the number three position at Justice. Another Clinton Justice Department lawyer, Perrelli is infamous for his vigorous fight on behalf of the right of Terry Schiavo's husband to "legally" kill his wife against the wishes of her parents. Perrelli was also a key Democratic lawyer in redistricting litigation after the 2000 census, which will put him into a position to interfere with Republican redistricting plans after the 2010 census under the guise of the Voting Rights Act. No doubt many of the hard-core liberal career attorneys in the Civil Rights Division's voting section are salivating at this nomination.
Elena Kagan has been given the nod for solicitor general, a post in which she will represent the United States before the Supreme Court. While she was the dean of Harvard Law School, she prevented the military from recruiting on campus and, in fact, was a national leader among law school deans fighting the Solomon amendment. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected her frivolous argument that universities have a constitutional right to receive federal funding while barring military recruiters from campus. Losing to a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court, whose justices have a wide range of legal views, is a sign of either bad legal judgment or political ideology so extreme that it blinds one's professionalism. No one claims Kagan is not a very smart lawyer, so we are left with the obvious fact that the Solomon case shows that she is unable to separate her politics from a proper analysis of the law, something that is vital to being the solicitor general.
Then there is Dawn Johnsen, who has been nominated to head the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides the president with opinions on the legality and constitutionality of his actions, particularly his efforts to keep our country secure from terrorism. Johnsen, who is the former legal director for NARAL, once said that there is "no ‘father' and no ‘child' -- just a fetus," and has compared pregnancy to slavery under the 13th Amendment. Her rantings in the left-wing blogosphere about the Bush administration's war on terror are so polemic and so extreme, that she does not appear to have the capability to carry out her duties with the dispassionate professionalism that is the ultimate requirement for the head of the OLC. As the Wall Street Journal noted , she sees the OLC not as lawyers working on behalf of the president, "but as a policy outfit free to quash presidential actions with which it happens to disagree." This is the type of behavior by a political zealot that in war time will lead directly to the deaths of American military personnel and civilians.
One wonders if the consequences of Johnsen's views would even be of concern to another nominee, Anthony West, who is slated to head Justice's Civil Division. After all, West is the attorney who proudly represented American terrorist John Walker Lindh, who not only pleaded guilty, but failed to warn murdered CIA agent Mike Spann of the planned uprising by his fellow Taliban brethren in the Qala-e-Jangi prison in Afghanistan in 2001, which lead directly to Spann's death.
In sum, President Obama has nominated individuals who are extremists on issues such as abortion, pornography, and euthanasia. He has nominated individuals who have demonstrated a palpable hatred for our military, whose members are fighting and dying to protect our freedom. He has nominated political partisans who helped provide pardons in exchange for political contributions and to secure votes, or who have chosen to represent terrorists trying to kill Americans. He has nominated individuals who want to disarm our military and intelligence services, and bring back the infamous days of the 1990s, when the Clinton Justice Department did everything it could to limit the effectiveness of our efforts against al-Qaeda.
There is no question that radical left-wing politics is going to take center stage in the policies of the Department of Justice over the next four years, to the detriment of all Americans and the well-being of our nation. As Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society has said, "We are on the brink of having the most Culture of Death, anti-family Justice Department ever."