Thursday, May 27, 2010

Yoo and You

Today is Wednesday, 26 May 2010.

In one of history’s little ironies, John Yoo is a professor of “law” at the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, of all places. Yoo is best known for his tenure in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice (2001-2003).

There Yoo wrote opinions justifying the president’s power to unilaterally go to war without a Congressional declaration, and to order unlimited torture of suspected “terrorists”. He went so far as to affirm the president’s right to order the crushing of the testicles of the child of a suspected “terrorist” in order to persuade the latter to talk. Yoo also believes the president has the Constitutional power to order the mass murder of civilians suspected of being “resistants”.

There are those who believe that Yoo is one of the most distinguished scholars of unfettered Fuhrer-power since the late Heinrich Himmler.

I’m on record (21 February 2010 column) calling for the trial and life imprisonment of Yoo for war crimes and crimes against humanity, given his boasting confessions that he wrote such opinions in furtherance of crimes. As a believer in free speech, I affirm that Yoo should be free to spew his filth anywhere.

However, I must condemn The New York Times for inviting Yoo to parade his porn on today’s Op-Ed page, in which he damns Elena Kagan for being soft on defending dictatorial presidential power. If Yoo wishes to spew his evil, let him buy a full-page ad.

Thugs such as Yoo always assume they will always be immune to the consequences of their actions. But, what if a future president were to suspect Yoo of being a terrorist under cunning "deep" cover, and prescribe electrical stimulation of his genitals as an incentive to "confess"?

And what if You were the suspect?


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