March 29, 2014 |
He would change very little. John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer and Philadelphia native who laid the legal groundwork for President George W. Bush's administration to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, told faculty and students at Drexel University law school Thursday that he had correctly interpreted the law. And that he would do it again. "I do stand by the line that we drew," Yoo said. Yoo came to the law school for an hour-long exchange with Harvey Rishikof, a former legal counsel to the FBI who teaches national security law at Drexel.
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.
December 2, 2012
DOVER, Del. - The attorney for a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter said his client was in no hurry to go to trial. Lawyer Joe Hurley said he needed time to review materials provided by prosecutors and schedule a psychological exam for Melvin Morse. Hurley also said in court papers filed this week that the emotion and publicity surrounding Morse's August arrest should be allowed to subside. Hurley, who suggested a trial no sooner than April, also is seeking court approval for Morse to have supervised visits with his children.
November 8, 2012
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment and assault. Melvin Morse entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday in Georgetown. Morse has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, a claim he denies. Morse was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment.
September 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Libyan man says he was waterboarded while in CIA custody in Afghanistan, a new allegation that challenges the long-standing claim by U.S. officials that just three people since the 9/11 terrorist attacks had been subjected to the simulated drowning technique many consider torture. The account by Mohammed Shoroeiya, who says he was detained in Pakistan in April 2003 and kept in American custody in Afghanistan through 2004, is part of a series of new claims included in a report by Human Rights Watch published Thursday.
August 16, 2012 |
DOVER, Del. - A pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his 11-year-old stepdaughter by "waterboarding" her, police said in court documents. The possible link between Melvin Morse's research and the waterboarding allegations was revealed in an affidavit for a search warrant for Morse's computers. The document was obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press. According to the affidavit, Morse brought the girl "to a possible near-death state from the simulation of drowning.
August 13, 2012 |
DOVER, DEL. - Delaware state officials have suspended the medical license of a pediatrician accused by his 11-year-old daughter of "waterboarding" her several times by holding her face under a running faucet. Dr. Melvin Morse, who has appeared on national TV for his research on near-death experiences, was arrested with his wife, Pauline, on Tuesday after their daughter complained to authorities about the alleged incidents. "Whatever's being described is not waterboarding," said Joe Hurley, attorney for the Morses.
August 11, 2012 |
Delaware state officials yesterday suspended the license of an internationally-known pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter. Melvin Morse, 58, poses a "clear and immediate danger to the public health," declared a filing published on the website of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. Morse, who has written several best-sellers about near-death experiences and appeared on numerous TV talk shows, was arrested Tuesday at his Georgetown home after his daughter told investigators Morse waterboarded her as a punishment.
August 10, 2012 |
The Delaware father of five children who was arrested Tuesday for "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter is a internationally-known pediatrician who specializes in so-called near-death experiences. Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written several books on children and near-death experiences, has appeared on numerous TV shows including Oprah , Larry King , 20/20 and Good Morning America to talk about his research. State troopers have charged Morse, 58, with multiple felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the girl told social workers about her father's punishments.