April 01, 2009
Critics Decry Obama Nominee for State Dept. Legal Adviser Harold Koh
Koh, No? Critics Decry Obama Nominee for State Department Legal Adviser
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.
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 of disobedience" with North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Koh also has long held that the U.S. should accept international law when deliberating cases at home.
Obama nominated Koh on March 23 to become the State Department's legal adviser -- an appointment that, if confirmed by the Senate, will give Koh far-reaching influence over the extent to which international norms affect U.S. law.
"This is not a desk job. This guy will be the face of American international law around the world," said Steven Gross, legal expert and fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
"The top legal adviser at State travels extensively and is involved in international legal negotiations, treaties and in major United Nations conferences.
"The president should have the right to choose the most conservative or liberal legal advisers to give them advice,
but this is much more than that. The concern is that he cares as much about -- if not more about -- international law and integrating that into the American judicial system than he does about protecting American prerogatives and American sovereignty," Gross said.
The White House vehemently defended Koh's nomination on Tuesday, telling FOXNews.com that he is "one of the most respected members of the legal community."
Koh's critics insist his legal views undermine the U.S. Constitution and American sovereignty.
John Fonte, senior fellow and director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute, told FOXNews.com that Koh's views have "a very big practical effect on American foreign policy and on American democracy.
"This is international imperialism. Under Koh's plan, the Constitution would become secondary and international law would take precedence regardless of what Americans said about the matter."
And this from Daniel Pipes
.......what brings him to attention here is his apparent endorsement of Islamic law within the American court system. Clyne writes:
A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States."
1) The day may have arrived when Americans, like Britons and the Dutch, have to stave off their establishment advocating Shari'a. It's a dark day, indeed.
(2) The Senate must reject Harold Koh as State's legal advisor.
Wild Thing's comment.......
The plan to destroy America from the inside out is moving along at record pace. The republicans better do everything they can to block this terrorist apologist.
This is scary if he gets nominated. He believes that Sharia law should be part of our courts, that it is important to look at the laws of OTHER NATIONS when interpreting our Constitution.
Other post about Harold Koh:
B.Hussein Obama's Most Perilous Legal Pick Harold Koh....at Theodore's World Marck 31, 2009
Posted by Wild Thing at April 1, 2009 05:40 AM
Isn't it about time to start impeachment proceedings ? The left has just come out and said, the Constitution is sceondary and to hell with American Sovereignty.
If this is true, then obama is violating his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and defend it against all enemies. This should be considered a high crime as prescribed by the Constitution.
Posted by: Mark at April 1, 2009 08:46 AM
Oh Boy, another Ivy League anti-American. He wants international law and Sharia law to replace American law. I wonder if he also has tax problems.
Obama and his appointees like Koh are not just mocking the Constitution, they are out to destroy it and our sovereignty. The globalists are taking over America.
Posted by: TomR at April 1, 2009 10:20 AM
Mark, yessssss long past time......
"Isn't it about time to start
I guess they have to vote for this
guy but so far yes, this is the person
unconstitutional Obama wants for this
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 2, 2009 12:28 AM
Tom, LOL now that would be something, if
he did have tax problems. I swear it would
be really something if every single one of
Obama's nominations had that problem.
That is the thing that is so important
that they don't just dislike our wonderful
Constitution they want to change it or get
rid of it.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 2, 2009 12:32 AM
If he wants Sharia Law, lte's give him Vigilance Committees in return. 3-7-77
The set of numbers is on the badge and emblem of the Montana Highway Patrol. It is the old Vigilante used it there was some doubt as to the guilt of an accused individual. It was basically get out of town by sunup.
It is the dimensions of a grave. 3 feet by 7 feet by 77 inches. Historical fact.
Most Montana troopers nowadays don't even know that.
I learned it in 7th grade Montana History in Scobey, Montana.
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