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John Yoo

NY Times: Harsh Interrogation Methods Played 'Small Role At Most' In Bin Laden's Capture

The New York Times | SCOTT SHANE and CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 07.03.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Did brutal interrogations produce the crucial intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden?...

Obama, War Powers, and Yoo

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Yoo's chief problem as a constitutional commentator is that his underlying constitutional analysis of presidential power is literally the opposite of what the Founders intended and wrote.

The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Last week, almost five years after we filed our request under the Freedom of Information Act request, we managed to obtain two Bush administration legal memos about government surveillance.

Pundits Punch and Congress Cowers: Bill Bans All Gitmo Prisoner Transfers for Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It would almost be funny that lawmakers give more credit to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Liz Cheney and alarmist Fox News anchors than to their own retired senior military leaders -- but only if the consequences weren't so serious.

Why Obama Should Welcome GOP Opposition to New START

Michael Lieberman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Lieberman

Failing to ratify START will have serious ramifications for other U.S. priorities around the world. Yet nuclear terrorism and reduced leverage on Iran are risks Republicans seem blithely willing to tolerate.

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Obama Administration Tried To Thwart Torture Prosecutions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Obama administration has done just what I thought it would: It's continued the Bush policy of interfering in other countries' attempts to apply the rule of law.

John Yoo, torture architect, remains unerringly wrong on facts and law

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director Torture architect Prof. John Yoo had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day, following the convict...

LA Times Apparently Just Googled 'START Treaty' to Write an Editorial

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Grenell

There are very real objections to the new START Treaty -- but you won't read about those concerns on the editorial page of the LA Times.

Amanda Terkel

The Federalist Society: Where Are They Now?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federalist Society is one of the most powerful and unique organizations in the conservative orbit, describing itself as "a group of ...

Republican Senate Rejection of START Could Work in Disarmament's Favor

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

If new START is rejected, does the Obama administration plan to retract some or all of that funding? Unlikely, I know, but were that to occur it would look a lot more like disarmament than new START.

Liz Cheney & Co. Have Little Faith in U.S. Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Liz Cheney may be right that excluding a witness derived by torture will make the government's case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani more difficult. But in the end, a fair trial will do far more to defeat al Qaeda than will foregoing justice altogether.

Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion? Playing Jeopardy

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

If we're playing Jeopardy, and we are, this would be the answer: It's the real no-brainer answer to the legal and ethical questions posed by the ...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

Eight Year Anniversary of U.S. Torture Memos - Time is Ticking on Accountability

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Melina Milazzo, Pennoyer Fellow, Law and Security program This Sunday will mark eight years to the day in which lawyers in the Office of Legal Cou...

The Skeleton in John Yoo's Closet

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

If former White House lawyer John Yoo were ever to decide to join the ranks of newfangled conservatives running for office, he would be hard-pressed to hide the skeleton in his closet.

Camp Cropper: No Deposit, No Return

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Camp Cropper may someday be seen as a symbol of our protracted presence in a sovereign state, as well as a catalyst for its emergence as a no deposit, no return government.

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally and unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney Administration.

The Taserification of America

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Must we see every single act of wrongdoing, even minor ones, through the prism of 9/11? Is a fan running on a field in the same ballpark with killing nearly 3,000 people?

Time to Stand Up, Not Step Down

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Who is Dawn Johnsen, and why did Senate Republicans force her to withdraw her bid to be confirmed as Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel?

Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommen...

Shadow Prisoners

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

The world's greatest democracy should not be in the business of spiriting people out of sight and outside of a legal system with built-in safeguards.

Interrogation Memos Author Spurs Protest At Berkeley

The Daily Californian | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Protesters stationed themselves at Boalt Hall School of Law yesterday to protest Law Professor John Yoo's moderation of a debate about the meaning of ...

Human Rights and Globalization-Synergy or Competition?

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

Human rights are an essential and non-negotiable component of global progress. The increased highlighting of human rights violations is itself a byproduct of globalization.

Liz Cheney's Impeccable Timing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Cheney's attack conveniently shifted the spotlight away from other former Justice Department officials who actually are at risk of professional and criminal sanction.

Pressure Mounts on DOJ to Produce Missing E-Mails

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.