It seems the olc memos were drafted after the fact to justify actions that were already under way.
The highly credentialed Johnsen is an improbable target, and olc was long viewed as an obscure post.
Bush officials have repeatedly spoken of how, in implementing the CIA program, they proceeded with legal authority from the olc.
John Yoo, a deputy with olc at the time, consulted with the CIA on these bullet points.
Each served in the olc in prior administrations before departing for academia.
After all, his name was redacted from the olc memo, unlike that of other CIA detainees now at Guantánamo.
Indeed, he did not voluntarily initiate release of the four olc memoranda, but responded to a Freedom of Information Act suit.
The trio of appointments Obama announced for the olc underscores this point.