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John Yoo getting onto thin ice

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And I can’t wait for him to fall through. Scott Horton:

John Yoo is at it again. In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the indefatigable advocate of crushing the testicles of small children to extract actionable intelligence launches a full frontal attack on President Obama. What’s Obama’s offense? He banned torture. Of course, every U.S. president has banned torture, with one solitary exception: George W. Bush, acting on the advice of John Yoo. Obama, Yoo says, has put the safety of Americans on the line: his torture ban will “seriously handicap our intelligence agencies from preventing future terrorist attacks.” Never mind, of course, that no evidence has been advanced of a single instance in which the use of torture produced intelligence that prevented a future terrorist attack, while detailed and specific evidence has now been put forward that torture produced bad intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Those are irritating details that detract from a nice narrative.

So what’s all this about? Is Yoo suffering from withdrawal pangs coming off an addiction to torture? Or is he a “sadist” as MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann argues? I’ve followed John Yoo and his writings with some care for a while now, and I think I finally understand what this is about. Namely, a pending probe by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is looking at serious ethical issues surrounding the issuance of Yoo’s legal opinions.

But the OPR probe is far from Yoo’s only or even most pressing worry. The likelihood that he will face a criminal probe and then possibly prosecution is growing…

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Written by LeisureGuy

31 January 2009 at 11:10 am

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  1. Will he be prosecuted? I am not to sure. there does not seem to be too much of a push for this in Washington.

    Catherine

    31 January 2009 at 5:30 pm

  2. This guy’s a real snake, watch him in action on YouTube before the House committee:

    Catherine, according to this article in Politico, it dosen’t look like much is going to happen to him:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/18063_Page2.html

    Tom Awtry

    31 January 2009 at 9:46 pm


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