Yoo Never Met Bush but Would Recommend He Torture People All Over Again
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 they could ignore legal prohibitions on torture if they wanted to.
Casting himself as a lowly functionary in the administration with less access to the president than an intern, Yoo — now a Berkeley professor who frequently faces protests from students who say he’s responsible for the Bush administration’s torture policies — says he was just following orders.
Of those torture papers, he says: “I had to write them. It was my job. As a lawyer, I had a client. The client needed a legal question answered.”
His parents, he tells Solomon when she asks about his childhood, were both psychiatrists. Not that he’s in denial or anything.