National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter Launches Petition Against Honoring John Yoo

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 3:20 pm

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has launched a petition at opposing UC Berkley’s decision to honor Torture Memo author and law professor John Yoo. Yoo was recently given the honor of an endowed faculty chair at UC Berkeley School of Law despite his involvement in undermining the rule of law by writing dubious memos that justified torturing those suspected of being involved in terrorism.


Torture Memo Author John Yoo Awarded Endowed Faculty Chair At UC Berkeley School Of Law

By: Friday July 11, 2014 12:28 pm

In America today no good deed goes unpunished nor bad deed unrewarded. One of the co-authors of the notorious “Torture Memos”, John Yoo, has been awarded an endowed faculty chair at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Apparently undermining the US Constitution and the rule of law by justifying torture was such an achievement that Yoo warranted special recognition.

The Air Force Must Have Some Really Good Cooks

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 9:02 am

We knew that the nuclear missile crews at Minot AFB were having problems passing their readiness checks, but now we learn that the missile launch folks had their bacon saved by having their poor test scores lumped together with the missile crew cooks and facilities managers. This raises a couple of questions . . .

Justice Department Sued for Refusing to Release Secret Legal Opinions

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:45 am

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to “high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice common good to special interests,” filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Bodies of War That Iraq War Architects Dare Not Acknowledge or Confront

By: Friday March 22, 2013 10:40 am

Tomas Young, a veteran of the Iraq War whose story was presented in the 2007 documentary, Body of War, appeared on “Democracy Now!” on March 21. The dying soldier read his moving letter to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and all the other war criminals that sent him and tens of thousands of other young men and women to Iraq to engage in violence in a country, which posed no threat to America whatsoever.

Child’s Testicle Crusher John Yoo to Rand Paul: Leave Barack Obama Alone!

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 3:10 pm

John Yoo, Berkeley Professor and endorser of the presidential power to crush a child’s testicles, thinks Rand Paul has gone too far in his libertarian criticism of Barack Obama and John Brennan, now confirmed as CIA Director.

The Padilla v. Yoo Decision Will Not Put Chong’s Claim Up in Smoke

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 12:00 pm

There has already been a lot of very good commentary across the internets and media on the notable decision in the 9th Circuit this week in the case of Jose Padilla v. John Yoo. Although many, if not most, commenters seem outraged, the decision is, sadly, both predictable and expected. I also think Marcy had about the right, and appropriately snarky, take on the decision embodied in her post title “Jay Bybee’s Colleagues Say OLC Lawyers Couldn’t Know that Torture Was Torture in 2001-2003“. Yep, that is just about right.

Nutcracker? Sweet!

By: Saturday January 7, 2012 5:00 pm

Barack Obama gives Richard Cordray a recess appointment to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and discoverer of imaginary Constitutional do’s & don’ts John Yoo is all, “Hey! Not cool!“: “Some think me a zealous advocate of executive power, and often I am when it comes to national security issues. But I think President Obama has exceeded his powers by making a recess appointment for Richard Cordray (whom I respect and have no problems with as a nominee) to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

Could Durham’s CIA “Investigation” Lead to Understanding Migration of Torture Techniques?

By: Friday July 1, 2011 11:30 am

The announcement of John Durham’s decision to investigate two CIA detainee murders prompts a reexamination at how the different torture techniques were developed, and how they were propagated across governmental institutional boundaries between the Department of Defense and the CIA. If the press did their job, perhaps we could get a better picture of how torture was implemented, who was responsible, leading the public to demand the accountability that otherwise, without significant public outcry, is not going to happen.

Why Didn’t We Ask China to Find Scooter Libby’s Missing Plame Leak E-Mails?

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:31 am

I’m most interested in all the assumptions here, that a bunch of Chinese hackers know precisely how the White House email system works. If that’s true, why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over the emails OVP deleted from the first days of the Plame leak investigation? And why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over all those emails hidden on the RNC’s server? Maybe they can also help us find all of John Yoo’s torture emails?

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