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The more I read about John Yoo, the more that I am afraid.  His apparent views while working for the Bush Administration on the use of torture and the use of wiretaps on US Citizens makes one's skin crawl. By example:

From the NYTimes today, "Mr. Yoo noted that while such actions (wiretaps by the NSA on US Citizens sans court ordered warrants) could raise constitutional issues, in the face of devastating terrorist attacks "the government may be justified in taking measures which in less troubled conditions could be seen as infringements of individual liberties.""

Ah, no. The idea is that the constitution is quite strong enough in its own right, by giving up our rights we lose our country.

Next up, the Yoo's imperial president and Yoo's views on the president's power to torture, this is from;

Cassel: If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?

Yoo: No treaty

Cassel: Also no law by Congress -- that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo...

Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.

This is just vile, in Yoo's world the President is able to do what ever they find necessary regardless of the Constitution, in the name of some vague "Global War on Terror" a war that will never end.

That Yoo is at UC Berkeley is a good thing, there his views will be held in the light of day and rejected for the vileness that they are, something that seems not to happen often in this Administration.

Originally posted to easaba on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 05:28 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You mean this John Yoo? (none)

    Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars. Serbian Proverb

    by station wagon on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 05:30:52 PM PST

    •  Yep (none)
      Yep he is the one, a poster child for the need for tenure. I find his views abhorrent, yet I would never question his tenure. I hope though that he is shunned by the community that is Bolt Hall, though I have no knowledge of this.
  •  The only thing different (none)
    with Yoo and Bork is age: we find Yoo more threatening because he's younger.

    But Bork was discredited and abandoned and so will be Yoo. He's just got longer time to spend in that jail of his own design.

    The dark at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming age.

    by peeder on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 06:05:25 PM PST

  •  I'm not sure what's more frightening (none)
    A member of the legal community putting the presidency on the same level as that of a king or the idea that a large portion of the general public think the term president and king are interchangable?

    Parties divide, movements unite.

    by Gegner on Fri Dec 16, 2005 at 12:00:30 AM PST

  •  Any Berkely student activists??? (none)
    Does anyone remember Filibuster Frist at Princeton?? Does anyone remember Filibuster Frist at Princeton?? Does anyone remember Filibuster Frist at Princeton?? Does anyone remember Filibuster Frist at Princeton??

    Where are the student activists protesting Yoo at UCB? Why no demonstrations or sit-ins?

    Things must've really changed there over the last 45 years.

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