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but his appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel job once occupied by Berkeley Law employee John Yoo would prove a dangerous addition to the white supremacist program being developed by cabinet position apologists for presidential war crime. 

It's doubtful that Yoo will be asked to join the Trump administration; his questioning of the president-elect's ideological reliability should preclude that nightmare. Disgraced former West Point instructor William Bradford is "all but wetting his pants in his incontinent eagerness to fill the post," writes libertarian blogger William Grigg. "The idea that academic dissenters from the 'Global War on Terrorism,' and attorneys who represent terrorism suspects, should be treated as enemy combatants" should be wake-up call to all witnesses to Donald Trump's ascension to power.

"As the incoming [National Security Law Journal] Editorial Board, we want to address concerns regarding Mr. Bradford's contention that some scholars in legal academia could be considered as constituting a fifth column in the war against terror; his interpretation is that those scholars could be targeted as unlawful combatants," editor-in-chief Myers wrote. "The substance of Mr. Bradford's article cannot fairly be considered apart from the egregious breach of professional decorum that it exhibits. We cannot 'unpublish' it, of course, but we can and do acknowledge that the article was not presentable for publication when we published it, and that we therefore repudiate it with sincere apologies to our readers."
"President-elect Trump and his immigration advisers have taken an illegal and long-ago abandoned post-9/11 program, the National Security Entry-Exit System, and now threaten to reignite it," said ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project director Cecillia Wang in a statement. "Let's be clear: Trump is talking about a federal dragnet that targets people for registration, surveillance, interrogation, or detention because of their religion. Such a dragnet would be unconstitutional."

John Yoo's defense of 2006 detainee measures provides a chilling reminder that a decade of denial occasioned the rise of a truly fascist regime.
At a Heritage Foundation event Thursday, John Yoo, a Berkeley Law professor and scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, got a warm reception from the crowd by cracking about the closeness. . .

"I'm surprised there are so many people here because I thought everyone at Heritage was working over at transition headquarters," Yoo said on the panel about Trump's win. "I asked the taxi cab driver to take me to Trump transition headquarters and he dropped me off here, instead."

The crowd let out an appreciative laugh.

"As long as President-elect Trump appoints people to this administration that are going to do things that are consistent with the promises he made while campaigning for this office that the American people clearly supported, then I'm optimistic about where we're going," says James Wallner, group vice president of research at Heritage.

Shame on John Yoo. Shame on his enablers.

OO-rodriguez_1280X960-1.jpgRodriguez directed the National Clandestine Service and "helped develop the CIA black sites, secret prisons operated in foreign countries where interrogators used a range of torture tactics, including the use of 'waterboarding'," The Intercept writes...

Rodriguez is also infamous for destroying 92 tapes of CIA personnel torturing detainees. "I was just getting rid of some ugly visuals that could put the lives of my people at risk," the torture architect said in defense of the decision, according to his book published in 2012.

Other Bush officials that may snag positions in the new Trump administration include Stephen Hadley as Secretary of Defense, and Chris Christie as Attorney General. 

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sponsors the return of waterboarding, claiming that the technique "isn't torture."

The Obama administration could have prosecuted torturers and war criminals in the Bush administration and sent an unmistakable message to the world: torture is illegal and unconscionable. Instead the president said they would "look forward, not backward", basically turning a clear felony into a policy dispute. Trump has bragged that he will bring back torture - waterboarding and "much worse...

Vicious attacks on Standing Rock protesters represent a violation of the Human Right to Water, notes Marjorie Cohn, Jefferson School of Law professor, and former president of the National Lawyers Guild: 

"Those arrested were held at the Morton County Correctional Center in 10-by-14 foot cages, some in dog kennels. They reported being forced to wait for access to food, water, bathrooms and medical attention. Some charged with misdemeanors were strip-searched. Women were left naked in their cells and male guards harassed them. Some people were zip-tied in stress positions for hours."

Thousands of Indigenous people from the Sioux Tribe, and their allies continue their protest against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) today, undeterred by intimidation, harassment and prosecution by the federal government. 

'Gasland' Director Josh Fox documents first-hand police violence at Standing Rock (includes video).

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