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I just came across a website set up as a clearinghouse page for sanctions against Bush torture enabler John Yoo. Such possible sanctions include disbarment, dismissal from his tenured position at the UC Berkeley Law School, and, hopefully, a war crimes trial.

It seems that, with Spain taking the lead against the Bush-Cheney torture team, we need to do all we can to see that justice is served. Giving John Yoo the punishment he deserves is thus one such place.


Jonathan Turley provides a link on his blog to a website to coordinate  the campaign to fire John Yoo

The sponsoring organization is the The NO TO TORTURE - JOHN YOO MUST GO! Coalition

Their statement:

The NO TO TORTURE - JOHN YOO MUST GO! coalition was initially convened by members of the Bay Area chapters of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the World Can't Wait. The immediate impetus was the release of torture memos written by UC law professor John Yoo, one of the main architects of the legal justification for U.S. torture policies that have shocked the conscience of the world, and the NLG's announcement of its demands that Yoo be dismissed, disbarred, and put on trial for war crimes.

Coalition meetings have quickly expanded to include Boalt and UC alumni, students, and scholars; the Coalition for an Ethical American Psychological Association; two organizations who work for rights of torture survivors; Act Against Torture; the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute; and other community, human rights, and anti-war activists. The coalition seeks to give effective support to the NLG's demands, and to rally this support throughout the UC community and from the legal profession and the larger community as well.

Work of the NO TO TORTURE - JOHN YOO MUST GO! Coalition:

The coalition's first action in May was a mobilization at the BOALT HALL GRADUATION, initially called by Act Against Torture. Over 200 protestors, many in hoods and orange jumpsuits representing torture victims, greeted the graduates and their guests offering orange ribbons and fact sheets, and performing street theater. We called on graduates to help stop torture. A small plane flew over the stadium towing a banner: Shame on Yoo and UC - End Torture Now!

ON JUNE 27, the coalition hosted a TOWN HALL featuring attorney Stephen Rohde, constitutional lawyer, writer, activist and past president of the ACLU of Southern California. He and other experts debated issues of academic freedom, university tenure and culpability for torture.

Early this Fall, a major WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL will gather legal and human rights experts to present evidence against John Yoo and the Bush administration on the matter of torture. This tribunal will attract national media coverage.

The coalition is taking out dramatic PUBLIC ADVERTISEMENTS about this campaign, so that hundreds of thousands of people will learn more about, and join into, the demand for U.C. to stop harboring war criminals.

And as far as what UC Berkeley could possibly do:

Under UC Berkeley's code of conduct, a criminal conviction would lead to dismissal even for tenured professors, although criminal conviction may not be necessary in Yoo's case, according to Christopher Kutz, law professor at UC Berkeley. Disbarment proceedings and "serious professional ethical violations," such as knowingly giving bad advice, could also lead to Yoo's firing, he said.

"I know many faculty, like all citizens, are very concerned about the production of these memoranda, and about possible breaches of professional ethics," said Kutz.

Berkeley's administrators do not plan to dismiss or disciplining Yoo yet, but its Academic Senate - which handles disciplinary actions against faculty including tenured professors - has received complaints about Yoo's actions while working for the Bush administration from faculty, students and alumni, said Kutz, who is also vice chairman of UC Berkeley's Academic Senate.

"It is possible that the Academic Senate will take up an inquiry based on these complaints," he said. "Yoo would not be disciplined for his work outside the university unless, and until, there are credible findings."

I recommend joining this coalition and demanding justice be served.

Meanwhile, here is some blowback from the editorialists which is distorting the very concept of academic freedom, a concept that right wingers, whose rhetoric they are parroting generally have much problem with.

Originally posted to Randian on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips against torture enablers (25+ / 0-)

    UC Berkeley should do the right thing here and sever their ties with this amoral torture enabler.

    Stop bitching and start a revolution!

    by Randian on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:01:01 AM PDT

    •  well if this type of law is what he is teaching (10+ / 0-)

      Nerkleys future lawyers  that should be a good reason to fire him, teaching idiocy as practical law should cost him his job, I understand teaching different ideas, but the Yoo memos are a role model of what not to do while writing laws (limits on presidential powers) etc, my question is why are we waiting for Spain to do the work we should be doing  prosecute the entire bunch  plus Cheney and Bush they allowed it

      •  The answer is: (2+ / 0-)
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        agnostic, FrankCornish

        There's not enough left of our country that we have the will to punish John Yoo and those like him. Sorry to have to say it.

      •  Screw Yoo, Too! (9+ / 0-)

        I mean, I'm totally with you on this.  What does it say about a law school to have a moral degenerate like him on the faculty?

        Sickens me.

        Recommended all the way.

        (nice title, btw)

        You can't always tell the truth because you don't always know the truth - but you can always be honest.

        by mattman on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:37:58 AM PDT

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      •  Spain has citizens on whose behalf a (3+ / 0-)
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        prosecution can be brought.  Ditto for Britain.  
        Our laws are tested on a case by case basis and a criminal complaint usually has an element of a perpetrator serving his/her own interest.  That's why we had to invent RICO.

        RICO was effective against the traditional organized crime syndicates.  The transformation of the executive of the federal government into a criminal enterprise has not been effectively litigated in the past.  Nixon was allowed to cop a plea in exchange for a pardon.

        Where Yoo seems to start going wrong is in failing to recognize that the Constitution aims to place restrictions on the agents of government.  He starts from the assumption that agents are rulers and the Constitution is their play-book, rather than a rule book.  
        Justice Kennedy has done his best to set the executive straight, but the paucity of cases has made it difficult.

        BTW, the persistence of "sovereign immunity" for public officials through the middle of the last century is an indication that we have entered a novel era.  Popular government didn't have much traction before that, not only because a significant percentage of the adult population was prevented from participating, but because a lack of information (prior to FOIA) made it practically impossible to force public officials to account for their actions.  If you don't know what someone has done, it's not possible to challenge them.  Which, of course, explains the high level of secrecy with which Bush/Cheney surrounded themselves.  
        The extent to which secrecy actually served to disguise malfeasance, rather than being imposed as a matter of principle, is also critical.  It may be a waste of time to turn over every rock.

        How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

        by hannah on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 05:00:38 AM PDT

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    •  I just like the title! Rec'd (2+ / 0-)
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      Randian, TerribleTom

      President Obama, are aliens real?

      by David Kroning on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 05:03:03 AM PDT

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  •  Yoo is through (7+ / 0-)

    I liked the comment from the Spanish prosecutor, suggesting that Douglas Feith needs a good lawyer, and I'd imagine that Yoo is considering his legal options as well.

    Hopefully these orcs will wind up behind bars before long, whether in El Prision de Madrid or in Supermax I care not. In the meantime we can take a downpayment on eventual justice just knowing that at least their days of carefree overseas travel are over. No paella, no strolls down Las Ramblas, no running with the bulls (unless the Bulls are the name of a gang in the slammer).

    Interesting that in their perverted attempt to appropriate the word "freedom", they have taken away some of their own. And now they are like the Burmese Junta, welcome in no land, loathed at home, an eye constantly over their shoulder... is Switzerland safe? what if the plane needs to refuel in an unexpected location? who's on Carla Del Ponte's list?

    •  In their universe, (1+ / 0-)
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      "obedience to the law is freedom" and the chief executive is the source of law.  We already know that the Constitution is just "a goddamned piece of paper" and the members of Congress serve as the executive's scribes.
      Too many people were willing to go along with "what the president wants, the president gets."

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 05:05:20 AM PDT

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  •  Are you talking disbarment? (0+ / 0-)

    The way to get rid of Yoo is to have him disbarred. I seriously doubt he will ever be held to answer for the war crimes which he enabled. However, if he is disbarred, he will never be allowed to teach or use his perverted "justice" as a member of the bar. Good riddance.

    •  One of my professors at Yale Law School, (0+ / 0-)

      Akhil Amar, was not a member of any bar.  However, he was (and I assume still is) an excellent teacher, as well as scholar.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 08:55:38 AM PDT

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  •  Relax.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Once his grant money dries up and nobody will publish his shit, he'll be gone.  It's all about the money, you know.

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

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