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Torture Lawyer John Yoo Gets a Feature in NY Times

Deborah Solomon relies on snarky questions, usually.  All of them must have been edited from the published version of Questions for John Yoo: Power of Attorney, her column in the New York Times for tomorrow.

We learn that he has a new book, “Crisis in Command,” that he says he has never met Bush or Cheney, despite working in the White House for two years; thinks conservatives have a hard time getting academic appointments;that presidents should have unlimited power, and that he has no interest in what his parents do as psychiatrists.

He does notice that there have been intense protests of him at UC Berkeley, and intends the impression that he doesn’t take them seriously.

I see various groups are protesting a decision by a California government lawyer to teach a course with you that starts on Jan. 12, claiming he is legitimizing your unethical behavior.

At Berkeley, protesting is an everyday activity. I am used to it. I remind myself of West Berlin — West Berlin surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.

Are you saying the citizens of Berkeley are Communists, reminiscent of those on the dark side of the Iron Curtain?

There are probably more Communists in Berkeley than any other town in America, but I think of them more as lovers of Birkenstocks than Marx.

Communists, Constitutional lawyers, Boalt Hall graduates, and Council members have all been protesting Yoo, admittedly not enough of them with enough intensity, for six years now, for his role as the principal author of the torture memos which set the basis for the US torture state being given legitimacy in the U.S.  Not to mention the international protests, which are forcing the Obama administration into giving the appearance of shutting down Guantanamo, slowly.

I’ve been to Berkeley a lot in the last few years.  I’ve seen very few people wearing Birkenstocks, not that there’s anything wrong with those sandals. The remark is clearly meant to trivialize and dismiss a serious problem.

My main complaint with Berkeley is that there’s a certain smugness from a section of people there about how liberal the place is, best expressed by Boalt Hall law school Dean Christopher Edley Jr. who argues that Berkeley is such a liberal campus that it can tolerate the abhorrent views of a John Yoo.

As we’ve said many times, it’s not Yoo views, or the expression of them that endangers humanity.  It’s the fact that they were given the force of law by the Bush regime, a war crime for which there should be no tolerance!

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