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Focus on the Family uses arguments from ‘torture memos’ author to blast Obama recess appointments

By | 01.06.12 | 7:01 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

CitizenLink, the Focus on the Family Christian news site based in Colorado Springs, Colo., weighed in Thursday on the latest political controversy winging out of Washington, D.C. The site reported that, in using “recess appointments” to fill three seats on the National Labor Relations Board and to place Richard Cordray More…

Yoo at Berkeley: I’m ‘A Shining Beacon of Capitalism and Democracy Surrounded by a Sea of Marxism’

By | 03.29.10 | 11:26 am

Carol J. Williams profiles John Yoo, who provides some of the most deliciously boastful quotes this side of a James Bond movie. He’s done, he thinks, with the campaign to prosecute him for his advice during the Bush years: “I hope that this closes this chapter in trying to More…

Liz Cheney Has Even Lost John Yoo

By | 03.10.10 | 8:59 am

When a lawyer who finds a legal avenue for shoving someone into a “confinement box” with an insect that person might believe is poisonous thinks you’ve crossed a line — wow. The New York Times:

John C. Yoo, the former Justice official whose memorandums on torture and presidential


Mitchell & Jessen Wanted Abu Zuabydah to Think He Was Being Buried Alive

By | 02.25.10 | 10:34 am

Marcy Wheeler conducts an invaluable close reading of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility report, released on Friday, and finds that the SERE psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen whom CIA contracted in 2001 to advise them on how to interrogate al-Qaeda detainees recommended a horrific technique:



‘Do We Know If Boo-Boo Is Allergic to Certain Insects?’

By | 02.19.10 | 8:09 pm

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility released its report on professional misconduct over torture authorized by ex-Justice officials John Yoo, Steve Bradbury and Jay Bybee today, and the results aren’t so good for them. While they avoided a formal recommendation for disbarment, Justice Department ethics officials found that More…

John Yoo on Stripping Citizenship for Americans Who Work for U.S. Enemies

By | 02.16.10 | 2:19 pm

This is a bit flashbacky, but in June 2002, John Yoo, then the deputy chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, considered the question of what acts a U.S. citizen might commit that would indicate an implicit renunciation of his or her citizenship. Apropos of my More…

John Yoo Wins Battle of ‘The Daily Show’

By | 01.12.10 | 11:43 am

It’s a testament to Jon Stewart’s extraordinary abilities to speak sensibly in an age of insanity that we expect him to skewer knaves like John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel torture advocate, who appeared on “The Daily Show” last night. Stewart has a great command of the facts More…

John Yoo Meets Jon Stewart

By | 01.08.10 | 3:07 pm

Wow oh wow oh wow.

Former Department of Justice official and torture memo author John Yoo will be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday to promote his new book, according to the show’s website.

Yoo is not a nincompoop like Jim Cramer. He knows More…

Surprise! John Yoo Believes in Broad Executive Powers

By | 01.04.10 | 7:42 pm

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo has been spewing his grandiose views on presidential power ever since leaving the Bush administration. So although his latest book, “Crisis And Command,” is an unusually ambitious 446-page historical survey of executive power from George Washington to George W. Bush, his More…

Yoo Never Met Bush but Would Recommend He Torture People All Over Again

By | 12.29.09 | 3:57 pm

In a forthcoming Q & A to be published in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo tells Deborah Solomon that he never met President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney, but that he would advise them all over again that More…