Ex-Bush attorney Yoo ordered to testify in Padllia case

“Yoo is about as bottom as the barrel of shit as you can get.”

-F.F.

 

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BY STEPHEN C. WEBSTER 

 

Former Bush administration attorney John Yoo was ordered on Friday by a federal judge in San Francisco to testify in an appeal brought by Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was held for more than three years and allegedly tortured while in U.S. military custody.

Yoo was one of several administration lawyers who authored legal memos which outlined a legal range for torture, a war crime under the Geneva Convention relative to the prisoners of war.

“Judge [Jeffrey S.] White denied most elements of Mr. Yoo’s motion and quoted a passage from the Federalist Papers that in times of war, nations, to be more safe, ‘at length become willing to run the risk of being less free,’” noted The New York Times.

Yoo, while at the Office of Legal Council in 2002, authored a majority of the department’s opinions on torture along with Jay Bybee, who now serves as a judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Steven Bradbury, the former OLC chief who now practices law in Washington, D.C.

In Wall Street Journal editorial, John Yoo, the OLC’s former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, explained that the Bush administration’s torture techniques were initially designed to outwit crafty defense attorneys.

“The first thing any lawyer will do is tell his clients to shut up,” writes Yoo. “The [Khalid Sheikh Mohammeds] or Abu Zubaydahs of the future will respond to no verbal questioning or trickery — which is precisely why the Bush administration felt compelled to use more coercive measures in the first place.”

Scott Horton, a contributing editor to Harper’ssaid Yoo’s memos “freed [the Bush administration] from the constraints of the Bill of Rights” during wartime “with respect to anything [Bush] chose to label as counter-terrorism operations inside the United States.”

Attempting to explain his theory on executive power in wartime to a reporter, Yoo also agreed with an analysis which posited the hypothetical situation in which the president might order a boy’s testicles “crushed” in order to effect a response from his parents.

On the legality of such an order, Yoo said, “I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that.”

Constitutional Law professor Jonathan Turley, speaking to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, called Yoo’s memos “the very definition of tyranny.”

Currently a professor of law at Berkeley, Yoo has been hounded by members of his own profession and the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which hit Yoo and other Bush attorneys for “sloppily reasoned” legal analysis in the authorization of torture.

Jose Padilla was convicted in January, 2008 of conspiracy to aid terrorism and sentenced to 17 years, four months in prison. At his trial, the judge noted the government had not presented enough evidence to convict him for attempting to detonate a “dirty bomb” in the United States, of which he was originally accused. The judge also noted the American citizen’s imprisonment and subsequent “harsh” interrogations, saying it would be weighed in Padilla’s sentencing.

 

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/06/13/yoo-ordered-testify-padia/

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