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 former OLC Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo

Yoo, a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, was a law clerk for Appeals Court judge Laurence H. Silberman and for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He also served for a time as general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yoo is best known for his work from 2001 to 2003 in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) under the George W. Bush Administration. In the Justice Department, Yoo's expansive view of Presidential power led to a close relationship with the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. Yoo played a significant role in developing a legal justification for the Bush Administration's policy in the War on Terrorism, arguing that prisoner of War status under the Geneva Conventions does not apply to "enemy combatants" captured during the War in Afghanistan and held at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp,[9] asserting executive authority to undertake waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" regarded as torture by the current Justice Department.[10] Yoo furthermore argued that the President was not bound by the War Crimes Act, and provided a legal opinion backing the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

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John Yoo, a former top Justice Department official in the President George W. Bush administration, said the Trump administration is looking to confirm the power of the presidency in making monument decisions so it can also argue that the only way to stop a presidential designation is for successors to ...
Neither is he a fraud or partisan hack on the level of John Yoo or Kellyanne Conway. The Republican Party smear campaign against Comey — who donated to the presidential campaigns of both John McCain and Mitt Romney — is a transparently cynical and dishonest attempt to protect President Trump ...

Under the second Bush administration, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote the now-infamous torture memo stating that anything short of organ failure or death did not rise to the level of torture. Specific tactics approved by former Attorney General John Ashcroft included prolonged ...
By John Yoo and Saikrishna Prakash. Mr. Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. .... John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Saikrishna Prakash is a law professor and a senior fellow at the Miller ...
"It's still my view that Mueller should be allowed to finish his job," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. John Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor who worked in the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration, said the president will find a way to fire Mueller if he chooses. "If Trump wants to ...
Like the accused Nazi judges before the bar in the movie Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), they asked themselves only what the law is (or what it became under John Ashcroft and John Yoo), not whether it is just. If a legal brief authorized brutal methods such as waterboarding, who were they to question, ...

In February 2010, the Justice Department published a long-awaited report prepared by its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) that found former Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attorneys John Yoo and Jay Bybee had engaged in professional misconduct by authoring two memorandums in 2002 and ...
They spoke in euphemisms (Dick Cheney: “We also have to work sort of the dark side, if you will”) and translated torture into official government legalese (See: John Yoo's torture memos), but the underlying sentiment was the same. Like Bush, Trump is comfortable with torture. Despite his anti-interventionist ...
Among the ban's critics were former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, former vice president Dick Cheney, and former torture lawyer John Yoo. By targeting Muslim foreigners, Trump had succeeded in uniting America—against himself. The courts thus far have invalidated all three versions of the ban ...
... been planning a violent act at school. Officials said the information was posted on social media along with photos of the student. School resource officers investigated and found that there did not appear to be any threat. "There were some pictures, like plans, but they seemed fake," student John Yoo said.

For an event on human rights and torture, we brought together Larry Cox, the executive director of Amnesty International, and John Yoo. When Catharine MacKinnon spoke about gender equality, we paired her with Harvard's Harvey Mansfield (the author, for better or worse, of a book entitled “Manliness”).
... Noah Messing, Greg Murphy, Gordon Smith, Larry Solan, Larry Solum, Eugene Volokh, and John Yoo. Thanks also to Brigham Young University and to the Georgetown University Law Center for cosponsoring a conference on law and corpus linguistics, at which the ideas in this piece were initially vetted, ...
That was the upshot of a debate Thursday night between Fein and his peer John Yoo, now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Yoo has been vocal about what he says is executive power “run amok” under President Donald Trump. That might seem the height of irony, given that Yoo's ...
Not according to Berkeley legal experts John Yoo and Jesse Choper. California state police officers are fully within their rights to not help ICE. But neither the state or any private citizen can directly interfere with federal law. That's obstruction of justice, says Yoo. “States don't have the power to interfere with ...
The F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, has begun clearing the Augean stables at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which should prompt a broader — and long overdue — cleanup of the government's sloppy intelligence operations. But he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions may face their greatest ...
The former kind of protest showed up Thursday in San Francisco during a talk by John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. The protest did not prevent Yoo from speaking, but it surprised many who were not ...
This is precisely the view notoriously advanced by John Yoo during the early years of President George W. Bush's administration. If Mr. Trump fails to notify Congress, as required by the 1973 statute, he will be repudiating his own precedent and embracing an extreme position that even Mr. Bush rejected ...


 

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