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Yoo Screwed with America’s Constitution

Yoo!  He sure has caused this country problems! 

What is his rational for “approving” torture?  What legal briefs has he used to justify these actions?  I doubt it was the American constitution.  This makes it harder to protest other countries that do torture, and leaves the door wide open for every one, unless people are brought to justice.

‘Torture Memo’ Authors Under New Scrutiny, But Criminal Charges Unlikely

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommendations by his own Justice Department to bring prosecutions for such practices, that the President should consider pardoning anyone convicted of such offenses, and even that jurors hearing criminal cases about such matters engage in jury nullification.

That advice came from John Yoo, a former attorney with the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and author of memos that served as a legal rationale for the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques. Yoo’s recommendations constitute one of the most compelling pieces of a body of evidence that Yoo and other government attorneys improperly skewed legal advice to allow such practices, according to sources familiar with a still-confidential Justice Department report.

A Justice Department internal watchdog agency, the Office of Professional Responsibility, has concluded that Yoo and a second former Justice Department attorney, Jay Bybee, breached their professional legal ethics by skewing their legal advisory opinion to provide a legal rationale for allowing the harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, according to a senior Department attorney who has reviewed a draft of the report. President Obama has said that the use of some of the interrogation techniques constituted torture. [read more]

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May 6, 2009 - Posted by | Rant | , , , , ,

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