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Sunday, April 13, 2008

John Yoo; Iraq War Enabler

A recently disclosed memo from the Justice Department in 2003 authorized the use of torture during interrogation of those deemed “enemy combatants.”
The author of this memo was John Yoo, a Justice Department lawyer at the time, who went on to outline many extreme torture techniques that could be allowed if “authorized” by the President. According to Yoo’s reasoning if it’s OK with the President, then it’s legal. Yoo described his logic as “boilerplate,” meaning there was no room for argument.
The Bush administration’s other prime enablers, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove et al, seized on this as a means to further their primary concept of the “Imperial Presidency.”
This line of reasoning seems to be in complete opposition with the ideals of rule of law and the notion that America is different from those ruled my military dictatorships and other brutal regimes.
Yoo is now safely ensconced as a law professor at the University of California Berkeley, of all places!


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