Category Archives: John Yoo
I really don’t want to say how I feel about Obama’s DOJ propping up BushCo’s torturous bastards. I am afraid I couldn’t stop screaming at the top of my lungs.
A national disgrace doesn’t even come close as Prof Turley states.its an international disgrace what the DOJ is doing.
Oh please, oh please..make it happen! From RawStory:
A liberal activist group has filed disciplinary complaints in four states and the District of Columbia calling for the disbarment of twelve lawyers they say are associated with the Bush administration’s position on torture.
The complaints — running more than 500 pages — enumerate in excruciating detail the case against key Bush officials that participated in defending “torture techniques” employed by the administration against alleged al Qaeda suspects.
The complaints are posted online at disbartorturelawyers.com.
The complaints were filed against former White House Legal Counsel attorneys John Yoo, Jay Bybee (pictured above right) and Stephen Bradbury; former Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney David Addington, Alice Fisher, William Haynes II, Douglas Feith and Timothy Flanigan with the state bars in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Gonzo, Ashcroft, Addington and of course Yoo and Bybee..these folks are the cream of the torture crop! You can view all the State Bar Complaints here, along with the exhibits they included with the State Bar filings on an individual basis.
John Yoo, the former Justice Department attorney and author of several controversial legal opinions including the infamous “torture memo,” continues to live in a state of denial.
In an op-ed published Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, Yoo attempted to defend a handful of legal opinions he drafted in the aftermath of 9/11 that one colleague described as “either incorrect or highly questionable” and another colleague said was “sloppily reasoned.”
Yoo complained that his brief comments about waiving the First Amendment in a highly controversial Oct. 23, 2001 legal opinion released earlier this week were taken out of context by the news media.
“In portraying our answer [regarding Bush’s right to ignore the Fourth Amendment], the media has quoted a single out-of-context sentence from our analysis: ‘First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully.’”
Yoo said his point was simply to highlight a past judicial opinion about the inherent powers of the President at a time of war. However, the First Amendment line in the memo could have become the legal basis for the Bush administration to take action against or interfere with journalists investigating the government’s behavior or citizens protesting Bush’s war policies.
How Yoo justifies his pov on the various amendments in our Bill of Rights and torture amazes me. That he attempts now to paint himself as a victim just chaps my hide. As Jason notes, Yoo used his OpEd as an opportunity to go after President Obama for releasing the confidential memos stating Obama released the memo’s to ‘appease the anti-war base’, which evidently is not the case. They were released in response to a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla, which btw, the Obama DOJ is representing John Yoo on.
Talk about friggin irony…
Yoo dances around like the tool he is. This was today’s hearing in front of the Judical Committee. H/T to John Amato at C&L for the heads up on this video. Also Addington’s dumb ass is in this clip as well.
For a nice roundup of today’s hearing..including videos check out TPM Muckraker’s section here.