May 16, 2009
Numerous letters were received this week after a blogger incorrectly reported that The Inquirer had recently hired former Justice Department official John Yoo, one author of memos justifying the Bush administration's use of torture to interrogate terror suspects. Actually, Yoo's monthly freelance column began last October. But here are some of the comments: Please reconsider your decision to give John Yoo a regular column. Whatever his skills as a legal scholar, the fact remains that he has been one of the architects of our government's shameful support of torture.
January 19, 2008
Adam Zion Philadelphia The name John Yoo may not be familiar to some people, but he was the White House advisor (part of the Office of Legal Counsel) who authored the so-called torture memo, which recommended the use of torture in suspected terrorism-related cases. Well, in this week's column for The Inquirer ("Terror suspects are waging 'lawfare' on U.S.," Jan. 16), Yoo discusses how defendants in terrorism cases actually dare to demand to be tried in court, rather than by the extra-constitutional systems clearly desired by Yoo. John Yoo is, to put it mildly, a contemptible human being.
February 13, 2016
ISSUE | GOVERNMENT Imbalance of power? John Yoo has again demonstrated the propensity of conservatives to cite only specific Federalist Papers to support arguments ("A call for action against federal overreach," Sunday). Yoo noted Federalist Paper 70 and presidential eagerness to disregard enacted laws, but he didn't address arguments and fears in other Federalist Papers (73) against the propensity of the legislative branch to overreach by enacting bad laws and not working with the executive.
March 25, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Still no precedent for ignoring nomination John Yoo, best known for authorizing the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping and waterboarding, also approves of the Senate's unprecedented refusal to consider Judge Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court ("Scalia's seat should be kept open," Sunday). Yoo cites the 1987 refusal to confirm Robert Bork, yet the Senate held hearings and voted on that nomination. There is no precedent for the Senate's refusal even to hold hearings on Garland.
March 18, 2009
Peter C. McVeigh Oreland firstname.lastname@example.org Re: "Security vs. freedom: A balance kept," Sunday: In order to justify the illegal excesses of his own actions in the Justice Department, John Yoo points to Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War and FDR's internment of thousands of Japanese after Pearl Harbor. After 9/11, Yoo helped to author the torture memos, which violated the Geneva Conventions, and he supported the warrantless wiretapping of American civilians, which undermined a basic principle of our Constitution.
November 23, 2006
Description did not do justice to author's role On Nov. 13, The Inquirer published a commentary by John Yoo, whom it identified as "a former Bush Justice Department official and author of War by Other Means. " That description of Yoo is woefully inadequate. This is clearly demonstrated by a Washington Post review of Yoo's book, posted on Amazon.com. It says in part: "John Yoo is a law professor who served in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003.
March 28, 2014 |
A DECADE later, America's post-9/11 descent into torture is still an open wound for many - as folks are finding out this week at Drexel University Law School. A Philadelphia lawyers' group is ripping the law school for hosting a talk this afternoon by John Yoo, the ex-Justice Department lawyer who crafted the legal justification for the Bush administration's use of waterboarding and other torture tactics on terrorism suspects. The National Lawyers Guild called Yoo's slated appearance "deplorable," adding that his legal advice had sparked "negative repercussions in American foreign relations that we are still dealing with a dozen years later.
January 7, 2010
WHAT MIGHT HAVE happened if, last spring, President Obama hadn't blocked congressional hearings into the Bush administration's authorization of torture - or even a milder "truth commission" - that then was supported by 62 percent of the American people? Would Dick Cheney, sure to have been top on the list of those investigated, now be taking every opportunity to undermine the current commander in chief? Would the White House be scurrying to explain that Obama does too use the words "war" and "terror" enough?
March 11, 2008
President Bush doesn't believe that American civilians are also willing to sacrifice their lives to uphold the values that have served as the emblem of this nation for more than 230 years. If he did, he would know that millions of Americans who don't want to die in a repeat of 9/11 also don't want their country to torture people - even if it's in an attempt to stop a terrorist plot. These are people who grew up being taught that torture is un-American; that it's what happens to people in despotic nations - not in the land of the free.
August 30, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is refusing to release legal memos that the George W. Bush administration used to justify his warrantless-surveillance program, one of the most contentious civil-liberties issues during the Republican president's time in office. In responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, Justice is withholding two legal analyses by then-government lawyer John Yoo and is disclosing just eight sentences from a third Yoo memo, dated Nov. 2, 2001. That memo is at least 21 pages long.