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Lawyers or Public-Policy Makers? Cont’d

And on what basis do we think the Obama administration selected these seven lawyers (there may be more) from 1 million other lawyers to serve in top political positions at Justice? Is it a coincidence that they had roles (direct or related) in defending detainees? Is it a coincidence that the administration has, in fact, reversed course on a number of settled issues of procedural and substantive law respecting these detainees and other matters involving national security? Personnel makes policy, and that includes lawyers in policy positions. So, while the selection of these lawyers clearly has some relationship to their private practices, the attempt to identify who they are and what they’re doing since being appointed is said to be off limits, unless, of course, you appointed them. Preposterous. 

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