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John Yoo Renews Claim That President's Authority to Torture Depends on What Is "Necessary"


After Yoo traced his views on how great presidents are the ones who have interpreted their executive powers broadly, especially in war time, I asked Yoo whether he could more clearly define whether there were any limits to presidential power. I reminded him about the following exchange he had with Professor Doug Cassel in December, 2005 at a debate in Chicago:

Cassel: If the President deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?

Yoo: No treaty.

Cassel: Also no law by Congress. That is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo.

Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.

(Here is a longer excerpt of these remarks in context, five MB with six minutes of question and answer.)

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You suck, Yoo

You suck, Yoo,
in you the fondness grew,
for each President new,
beg him to turn the screw,
on the weak in your view,
a private torture zoo,
as you lap at his shoe.

You suck, Yoo,
Of moral fibers few,
That drivel that you mew,
Who, would listen, who,
To what your mouth doth spew,
You are less than poo,
I wipe you off my shoe.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Let me get this straight

The Libertarian Law Council invited this scum to speak? And presumably gave him money to do it?

I have a little list of folks on whom I would not pee if they were on fire. Yoo is on it.

Some people need to be shunned. Fuck Yoo. (Never was that expression more appropriate.) And the Libertarian Law Council too.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Well, isnt this basically the

Well, isnt this basically the same thing the Leader of North Korea said? Or did someone decide to attribute it to him?

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Yoo needs to

familiarize himself with the concept of "A nation of laws, not a nation of men"

Torture is illegal...waterboarding is torture.

Dick Cheney started all this when he told Nixon that...If the President does it...then it is legal? Really? How did that work out for ya Dick(s)?

The same argument this man gave