Speakers throughout the demonstration discussed historical and legal issues relating to torture, and one second-year law student talked about the shame of being a Boalt Hall student while a war criminal is teaching Constitutional Law.
Anti-torture activists have several events planned throughout the semester, including a Berkeley Says No To Torture Week beginning October 10.
Contrary to what Dean Edley claims, the conclusions of the OPR report, rather than exonerate John Yoo, make the case for disciplinary action...
AP gets 'poor judgment' conclusion on Yoo wrong
By: George Cammarota
19 Aug 2010
Challenging John Yoo on the first day of Fall 2010 classes at UC Berkeley School of Law, attorneys, Peace and Justice leaders and activists, and students held a successful press conference and protest action on the steps of Boalt Hall.  The AP followed up with a report entitled "Berkeley Protesters Call for John Yoo's Removal."  In the report, the AP incorrectly states that the "Justice Department investigation ... found that Yoo ... showed 'poor judgment' but did not commit professional misconduct."
Sadly, the large majority of news reports ran with the AP theme and even expanded on it. For example, the Oakland Tribune informs us that the "Department of Justice ... clear[ed] Yoo and the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel of any professional wrongdoing," and without challenge quotes Dean Edley going so far as to say, "I hope these new developments will end the arguments about faculty sanctions." 
The fact of the matter is the Justice Department OPR report found that Yoo "committed intentional professional misconduct when he violated his duty to exercise independent legal judgment and render thorough, objective, and candid legal advice."  It was DOJ attorney David Margolis who stated his opinion, ostensibly speaking for the entire Justice Department and contrary to the conclusions of its own report, that Yoo and Bybee merely exercised "poor judgment." 
Contrary to what Dean Edley claims, the conclusions of the OPR report, rather than exonerate John Yoo, make the case for disciplinary action against John Yoo.
"Intentional professional misconduct" is grounds for Yoo's disbarment and dismissal from the UC Berkeley faculty. Why the DOJ is tripping over itself to protect Yoo and Bybee is a question worth pondering. But justice demands the immediate dismissal, disbarment, and, I dare say, criminal prosecution of John Yoo for war crimes.
Judges in Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland and Lithuania are preparing to hear allegations that their governments helped the CIA run secret prisons on their soil or cooperated in illegal U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects. Spanish prosecutors also have filed criminal charges against six senior Bush administration officials who approved the harsh interrogation methods that detainees say were employed at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and other sites.
Another former prisoner whose case the Supreme Court dismissed, Khaled El-Masri of Germany, has sued the government of Macedonia for handing him over to CIA agents, who he charges tortured him in Afghanistan. His case is pending in the European Court of Human Rights, in France...
Quaker Initiative to End Torture Conference
Quaker Center Ben Lomond, CA September 24 - 26 2010!
Keynote Speaker: Scott Horton
Special Guest: Fr Roy Bourgeois
Streamed live on Saturday, August 7 at 10am Pacific time www.veteransforpeace.org
This will be a live presentation in St. Louis, MO featuring the following panelists. The event will be live streamed on this webpage on August 7th.
- Justine Sharrock: Justine is author of "Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things," will be live streamed from San Francisco, CA
- Andy Duffy: Andrew Duffy enlisted as a medic in the Iowa National Guard two days after he turned 17. He testifies to incidents in which Iraqi detainees in Abu Graib Prison desperately in need of medical treatment were denied it.
- Woody Powell: Served in the USAF, 1950-54, in Korea 1952-53. Air Police, K-9 Corps. Air Base Defense. Was Executive Director of Veterans For Peace from 2001 to 2005.
- Moderated by John Chappell: Dr. Chappell is an Associate Professor of History at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is author of the book, Before the Bomb: How America Approached the End of the Pacific War. In May 2010, he was panelist in the workshop, "The Atomic Bombings and Indiscriminate Attacks on Civilians," at the International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World held at Riverside Church in New York City.