Recently in John Yoo Category
The actual blog posts represent a variety of accuracy and quality in line with the breadth of writing professionalism on the net. Scanning the last 300 articles on my John Yoo google alerts news feed from the last 48 hours, here is a sampling of headlines which tell the story in themselves.
- The Choice Has Been Made: Yoo and Bybee Over America and Humanity
- The OPR report: this era's 'Hiroshima'
- Obama's policy is the same as Bush's
- Torture Bored How we've erased the legal lines around torture and replaced them with nothing.
- Yoo and Bybee, Poor Judgment Indeed
- The brutality of American exceptionalism
- "American Takfiris": The US Proponents of Torture (and Why It Matters)
- John Yoo is 'vindicated': Presumably he gets to keep his Inquirer job
- The flailing falsehoods of America's war criminals
- Yoo, Bybee, And Disinformation
- THESE BASTARDS: He's a peach, isn't he?
- Lawyers, Americas Impaired Intellectuals
- John Yoo: President Has So Much Power He Can Order Civilians "Massacred"
- Yoo: 'Sure,' The President Could Order A Village Of Civilians Massacred
- Yoo Called Civilian Slaughter OK
- John Yoo, Douchebag
- Yoo Forgot He Approved Waterboarding
- The Torture Memo Author You've Never Heard Of
- Jennifer Hardy: Torture Princess
- DisbarTortureLawyers Campaign To File OPR Report Today To Supplement Fifteen Disbarment Complaints
- The OPR Report Is Only the Beginning Yoo's Attorney On Blasts OPR For 'Shockingly Substandard Legal Work'
- The OPR Report Is Only the Beginning
- David Margolis Is Wrong - The Justice Department's ethics investigation shouldn't leave John Yoo and Jay Bybee home free.
- Vindicating John Yoo - Bush lawyers are found to have acted ethically, unlike their accusers.
- Cheney's baby: A monster named Torture
"The CIA didn't want to torture." - John Yoo
Absolved of abetting criminal intent
John Yoo, now on book tour, tells us
he only provided legal justification
of various options of interrogation
of war prisoners. Just legal recipes.
Now teaching at Cal (UC Berkeley),
in a protected academic environment
he's safe from waterboarding
by any of his legal colleagues
however much they loathe him,
while no really hard rain falls.
(22 FEB 10, Santa Clara CA)v2
Read more of Bill Costley's poetry on War Criminals and other stuff at his blog: http://costleybill7.blogspot.com/
In Maryland, two Johns Hopkins University students disrupted a lecture Wednesday by former Bush administration attorney John Yoo. Yoo helped author the notorious Justice Department memos justifying waterboarding and other forms of torture. Before Yoo began his talk, students stood at the front of the lecture hall holding a banner reading "Try Yoo for Torture." They refused to move, but agreed not to interrupt Yoo's speech. Yoo then delivered the lecture with the students holding their banner throughout. Protester: "We wanted to make it very clear that John Yoo is not accepted at Johns Hopkins University and that wherever he goes--not simply because of his views, but rather because of his material support for the administration of torture--that it is unacceptable, and we're voicing that quite clearly." -text quoted from democracynow.org
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1:49 John Yoo is a war criminal. He is directly responsible for the torture of thousands of people, thousands of innocent people all over the world. John Yoo is a war criminal. He should be in prison. He shouldn't be teaching at UC Berkeley. He should be fired, disbarred, prosecuted for war crimes...
13:51 John Yoo is a war criminal. War Criminal! The Nuremberg judgments say attorneys who assist in the commission of war crimes are war criminals. You are a war criminal. Torture is a war crime. A war crime.
19:20 Professor Wiener, you may be a good person. You may be an ethical professor. But, why are you giving John Yoo legitimacy? What you have to make a decision whether you think torture is okay or not. Torture is never okay. It is not okay to torture. He is a war criminal. John Yoo is a war criminal. He should be prosecuted to the fullest...
31:38 Torturer. Torturer. Your victims will have their justice John Yoo. The people of the world will have their justice. You murderer. You murderer. Your victims will have their justice. War Criminal. You murderer. YOU SMUG SMUG MURDERER! Your victims will have their justice.
33:50 Torture is not a polite debate. Torture is a war crime. It's a crime against humanity. Torture is a crystallization of what John yoo stands for. To sit here politely with the most important torturer on earth is wrong.
Meanwhile in a second case in the 9th Circuit Court, the Obama administration has increased its defense of secrecy surrounding an alleged CIA program of torture flight, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/
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Many of the tourists from other countries who happened upon the scene expressed strong sympathies with World Can't Wait's message, were glad to see the action, and gave words of encouragement.
Although hotel security kept non-Republicans out of the convention proceedings, as Yoo rose to speak to his audience of several hundred, their welcoming applause was disrupted suddenly by thundering chants: demonstrators had discovered a (non-see-thru) glass wall between the auditorium and the street, and aimed their voices straight into the room: "TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME! JAIL JOHN YOO!" "GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO! WAR CRIMES, WAR CRIMES.... ABU GHRAIB, ABU GHRAIB! WAR CRIMES, WAR CRIMES...." For all of Yoo's 30-minute talk, dismayed College Republicans had to listen to their "hero" against a constant echoing string of truthful, powerful chants.
(Unrelated audio is the falungun club doing a presentation nearby.)
Fire John Yoo and World Can't Wait spoke to hundreds of new students and their families about John Yoo's tenure at UC Berkeley Law (formerly Boalt Hall) demonstrating and providing information about Bush's "Architect of Torture" teaching United States Constitutional Law at the UC Berkeley. Cal Day is a big outdoor celebration centered at historic Sproul Plaza where all the student groups and departments gift food and other stuff, meet and greet the families. John Yoo is perhpas the leading US advocate of torture today. As White House legal counsel under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Jay "bugs" Bybee, Yoo legally "authorized" torture and actively worked to confuse and distort the law of torture through his notorious torture memos. UC Berkeley Law Dean Edley is dissembling when he says he cannot do anything except defend Yoo's Academic Freedom of speech. Dean Edely has a right to - and a responsibility to - take a public stand against John Yoo perpetuating torture. Yoo participated in and sometimes led the formulation and development of a broad system of torture and Crimes Against Humanity.
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The FJY blogger coordinating on cell phone from the Sproul Hall steps
New York Times
April 19, 2009
The Torturers' Manifesto
To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush's Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.
Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon masters throughout history. They detail how to fashion a collar for slamming a prisoner against a wall, exactly how many days he can be kept without sleep (11), and what, specifically, he should be told before being locked in a box with an insect -- all to stop just short of having a jury decide that these acts violate the laws against torture and abusive treatment of prisoners.
In one of the more nauseating passages, Jay Bybee, then an assistant attorney general and now a federal judge, wrote admiringly about a contraption for waterboarding that would lurch a prisoner upright if he stopped breathing while water was poured over his face. He praised the Central Intelligence Agency for having doctors ready to perform an emergency tracheotomy if necessary.
These memos are not an honest attempt to set the legal limits on interrogations, which was the authors' statutory obligation. They were written to provide legal immunity for acts that are clearly illegal, immoral and a violation of this country's most basic values.
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