Berkeley Law Shelters a War Criminal
John Yoo was a UC Berkeley Law professor when he took a leave of absence to accept a position in the Bush Department of Justice. He was the principal legal author of justification for the torture program exposed to the world thru Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Employing a dangerous philosophy of exceptionalism - that American lives are worth more than other people's lives - Yoo provided advice and cover for illegal policies inherited and embraced by President Obama.
An upcoming public international conference, Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg, sponsored by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies provides an excellent venue to protest the University of California's advancement of state torture policy. We will flyer outside Panel III - "History, Memory, and Morality: Revisiting the Holocaust and Nuremberg through the Lens of Today,"
Tuesday, April 28th
2680 Bancroft Way
(near College Avenue)
Indict John Yoo for Crimes Against Humanity
A university that allows a war criminal to teach constitutional and international law courses to the next generation of lawyers and judges under prejudice of "academic freedom" is protecting war crimes. There is historical precedent for prosecuting Berkeley Law's resident torture advocate. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.
In the case U.S. v. Altstoetter, judges, prosecutors, and Ministry of Justice officials who had served the Nazi regime were charged, tried, and convicted of war crimes because their "legal" work enabled the Nazis to carry out the Holocaust under color of law. Recall the role of Adolf Eichmann, sometimes referred to as "the architect of the Holocaust" because he facilitated and managed the logistics of mass deportations of Jews and others to the Nazi extermination camps. His bureaucratic role was critical to the death of millions in the Holocaust.
John Yoo utilized his employment in the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel during the Bush regime to provide legal cover for crimes of torture, massive surveillance, unlawful and indefinite detention, and war. As a direct result of Yoo's legal memos thousands have been subjected to torture, tens of thousands incarcerated, tens of millions spied upon, and a million have died in U.S. imperialist wars. Without the provision of "legal cover" many of these crimes would not have been possible.
End the Silence.
Say NO to normalization of war crimes.
Fire, Disbar and Prosecute John Yoo and ALL the Torture Lawyers.