May 2017 Archives

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has engaged UC Berkeley torture advocate John Yoo for two sessions of its 2017 Quest for Legitimacy:  

The Future of the Judiciary
Thursday August 31, 10:00 to 11:30am
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 

Checks on Executive Power in the Age of Obama and Trump
Friday September 1, 4:00 to 5:30pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 

"There can be no justification for giving a platform to someone who participated in the actual authorization of torture, a shameful and morally unacceptable practice and a crime under both domestic and international law," charged detractors in 2011. "We protest the decision to invite John Yoo to speak at the APSA conference as an affront to the standards of our profession and of humanity." Apparently on the deaf ears of colleagues. Because why else would the APSA lend credence to a war criminal"? Torture Professor John Yoo belongs in prison. 

Berkeley Law School harbors a War Criminal. APSA gives him a platform. We say NO! Not In Our Name! Indict, Prosecute, Disbar John Yoo!
A lawyer for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has embraced complicity in sheltering Torture Professor John Yoo. . .

"I have very high regard for John Yoo as a scholar and as a teacher and I know that he's a terrific colleague," Erwin Chemerinsky said. "I look forward to being his colleague."

The new dean expressed his priorities: Raising money, and continuing to attract "top faculty and students." Presumably those willing to close their eyes to the Federal Torture Act.

Shame on John Yoo.

Shame on the University of California.

Shame on Lawyers who put Career above the Law.
"A grim reality underlies the White House circus," writes Theo Anderson at In These Times. "Trump's election is the culmination of a radical right-wing movement that began with the founding of [the Heritage Foundation] in 1973. . . Trump is that movement's best hope yet for achieving its great dream of gutting government. Heritage isn't an appendage of the Trump administration's radicalism. It's the heart of it."

"If you are looking to understand where the underpinning of the Trump Administration's deregulation, tax breaks for the wealthy, Obamacare repeal and replace alternatives, climate change denial, and privatization agenda will be coming from, look no further than the Washington D.C. based Heritage Foundation, America's most influential right-wing think tank." - Bill Berkowitz for Buzzflash at Truthout 

The last thing humanity needs is for Donald Trump to "make America great again." From the foundational institution of slavery to tireless exploitation of resources across the globe, untold numbers of government lawyers have defended crimes against humanity subsidized by U.S. government. The Heritage Foundation boasts more than its share. Staffers in the Trump administration demonstrate an unsettling disregard for legal limitations on executive power. 

"Many thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States itself are demonstrably sickened, ashamed and angered by their government's actions, but as things stand they are not a coherent political force - yet," said the late British playwright Harold Pinter upon receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. "But the anxiety, uncertainty and fear which we can see growing daily in the United States is unlikely to diminish."

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Broken Laws, Broken Lives

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The President's Executioner

Detention and torture in Guantanamo

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