Tag Archives: John Yoo

Rebecca Gordon|Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of American Heroes 

“No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability, or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

Todd Pierce: Has the U.S. Constitution Been Lost to Military Rule?

Bush officials argued this was due to necessity, but in fact that was fallacious, as the U.S. military is not, and should not be, considered an antiterrorist force. Militaries exist to defend against foreign armies attacking, not to conduct the police work required for counter-terrorism. But as we’ve seen, when a military takes control of a country, occupying it as in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the Israeli occupation of Palestine, it enforces martial law on the civilians living there—in other words, the military operates as a dictatorship, or as our Supreme Court called it, “martial rule.”

The Guantánamo facility at 10 years

An assault on our constitutional government Todd E. Pierce, National Law Journal / Islam Daily Submitted by David Culver January 10, 2012 | The 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a detention facility and the diversion of terrorism prosecutions into a new military commission system is now upon us. Consequently, I […]

Chuck Turchick> Today is the anniversary of two tragedies

Today is the anniversary of two tragedies By Chuck Turchick   August 1, 2012 Today is the anniversary of two tragedies. Five years ago the 35W bridge collapsed, 13 people died and dozens of others were injured. We cut corners and people died. The other anniversary, equally tragic, won’t get as much attention in this […]

Video> Thom Hartmann> So – war criminal John Yoo gets to walk

Published on May 4, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT Now to some news coming out of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday – a three judge panel on the court ruled that former Bush legal advisor John Yoo – one of the men who wrote legal memos giving cover to President Bush to commit the war crime […]

Video> National Security and Civil Liberties> Debate with John Yoo and Chip Pitts

Recommended by Coleen Rowley Uploaded by SMUVideo on Jan 13, 2012 A luncheon debate at the October 22, 2011, conference on “National Security and Civil Liberties,” sponsored by SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. The debate was moderated by Seyom Brown, the John Goodwin Tower […]

Coleen Rowley> A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo

A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo By Coleen Rowley   Posted: 1/17/12   Huffington Post It’s hard to know what to do, as mere citizens, to try and fix things so many years after the United States government decided it did not have to follow its own laws, the Geneva Conventions or […]

Today is a sad day

Dear Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Representative Ellison: Today is a sad day. It is the ninth anniversary of the John Yoo-Jay Bybee “torture memos,” which were eventually withdrawn after unsuccessfully attempting to define torture out of existence. But it’s our actions in the nine years since that time that truly sadden me. I am saddened […]

Predator Drones and the International Mafia

Predator Drones and the International Mafia by Dr. Reza Pankhurst July 18, 2011     from Foreign Policy Journal Referred to WAMMToday by Coleen Rowley, who says:   I started to highlight the key portions of this article and almost ended up highlighting the whole thing!  As an aside, don’t forget that William Mitchell Law […]