Skip to comments.Berkeley Law 2012 Graduation Tomorrow: More Protest Against Torture Lawyer John Yoo
Posted on 05/10/2012 10:23:56 PM PDT by SmithL
Protesters will denounce torture, and the University of Californias continuing connection to torture, outside tomorrow's commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall).
As in previous years graduation demonstrations, protesters including those costumed to represent prisoners at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and other sites where the U.S. currently manages a regimen of illegal rendition, detention, and torture, will gather outside the commencement before and during the ceremony. They will call for an end to, and accountability for, this illegal program wherever it has been operating.
Berkeley Law professor John Yoo is on the list of Bush Regime officials who they say should be prosecuted for war crimes. Yoo was on sabbatical from UC when he spent two years in the Bush-Cheney Department of Justice. He was the key legal architect of the torture policies and practices set up at that time, which came to light via photos from Abu Ghraib, and have since then intensified and spread, including under the Obama administration.
World Cant Wait spokesperson Stephanie Tang said today: John Yoo teaching constitutional law to the next generation of lawyers and judges is a perverse mockery of what a law school education should be. Yoos infamous disregard for , and destruction of, basic legal principles under the U.S. Constitution and international law, including the Geneva Conventions, renders him unfit to teach.
When: Friday, May 11, 2012 Where: Hearst Greek Theater, Berkeley 9 AM: Protest outside Commencement (10 AM Ceremony)
Over the past years many diverse voices have called for John Yoo to be held accountable for his work enabling torture, joining the demand for Yoo to be fired, disbarred, and prosecuted. Curt Wechsler of FireJohnYoo.org calls Yoos legal work a work product akin to that of the German lawyers and judges who were found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg after World War II.
At UC Berkeley, Yoos presence on the faculty has been defended by the outgoing Chancellor, the dean of Berkeley Law, and the rightwing Federalist Society. Their position echoes the Obama administrations declaration to Look forward, not back regarding any accountability for the many Bush-Cheney officials responsible for the torture and related governmental crimes committed during that regime.
THe “World Can’t Wait” is a front for the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party and affiliated reds.
Looks like they are trying to revive their dying movement.
Boo hoo YOO!
It’s apparently tough to shake the syndrome, isn’t it? They just can’t get over it.
Doncha’ just love how they call the Federalist Society “right-wing”?? It’s like a leftist site I just saw on a Google page calling the Family Research Council (Tony Perkins’ group) a “hate organization”.
The Left is downright cracked.
John Yoo was the ONE of the FEW guys who EMBARRASSED MENTALLY the tiny “intelligence” of Jon Stewart when it came to Bush and torture..
This guy literally explained succinetly and in simple terms torturing terrorists as a good thing that the brain-dead, liberal crowd of Stewart to go silent for 10 minutes straight and not even Stewart’s funny face could save him. Yoo is really an intelligent guy. Bush really made a great pick in him.
Stewart obviously wanted to ambush and ridicule him but Yoo turned the tables. One of the few conservative guests who actually silenced the crowd..
Here is an idea for these ass hat protesters. Go to Iran and protest there. Let us know how that works out for you..
Oh right. Hard to speak with your head lopped off...........
We should clone an army of John Woos. Smiling and friendly, great sense of humor, impossible to ruffle, impeccably competent.
I hope we see more of him in the next administration.
I wish he were the next Atty General. He would run circles around the liberals. Bush did his best to protect him accdg to a recent book I read, but the guy can flat out defend himself intellectually.
And you are correct, he was always smiling and laughing when he was seated with Stewart that I thought Stewart knew at that moment he could not ruffle his feathers. I actually never saw a guest of Jon Stewart that was laughing yet the crowd was quiet..
The way this issue was handled by the Bush administration is troubling.
They recruited attorneys to say that in their legal opinion X did not constitute torture.
The attorneys are not responsible for the results, because all they did is provide a legal opinion.
The interrogators are not responsible because they followed legal advice.
I’m not saying the practices in question constituted torture, or necessarily that torture itself is always wrong. (There’s something weird about a society where it’s okay to kill people, but never to hurt them.)
What I am saying is this “spread the responsibility around till nobody is accountable” approach is problematic by nature.
George Bush was responsible for the decision to "torture" KSM and others.
I know after almost four years of Obama it is hard to remember a President taking responsibility for something unpopular....
They probably owe a few hundred thousand in student loans in a state that businesses are leaving in droves.
Heading to Texas to find work.
You're exactly right. They are fixing to get a huge dose of reality.
Those people are insane.