In the infamous torture memos of , Yoo and Bybee, authorised “enhanced interrogation” techniques (EITs), acts previously recognised by. The Responsibility of the Faculty of the University at California at Berkeley in the Matter of the Torture Memo of Professor John Yoo A weblog. Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo wrote in the New York Times op-ed that he had “grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of.

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Navy general counsel Alberto Mora campaigned internally against what he saw as the “catastrophically poor legal reasoning” and dangerous extremism of Yoo’s opinions.

Torture Memos

In each of the cases that I have evaluated, the physical and psychological evidence of torture is consistent with the UN Convention Against Torture’s definition of torture — as well as Yoo and Bybee’s definition of torture. Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel inYoo co-wrote a memo that was used as the legal sanction for what the CIA called its program of enhanced interrogation techniques after torutre Sept.

Moreover, their “good faith” defence against criminal liability for torture rested on two presumptions, that interrogators would not exceed the severe physical and severe yio prolonged mental pain thresholds for torture as defined by Yoo and Bybee, and, even if they did, that it would not constitute torture unless these physical and psychological harms were the precise objectives of the interrogators. It clarifies that a medical expert will always be present “to prevent severe physical or mental harm[.

American foreign relations; the Constitution’s separation of powers and federalism; and international law. In an opinion piece in the WSJhe criticized the Clinton administration for misusing the privilege to protect the personal, rather than official, activities of the President, such as in the Monica Lewinsky affair. Archived from the original on June 4, Retrieved February 28, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.


Bybee had told the truth, he never would have been confirmed,” adding that “the decent and honorable thing for him to do would be to resign [from torrture U.

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tlrture Retrieved April 22, He also authored the so-called Torture Memoswhich concerned the use of what the Central Intelligence Agency called enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniayooo he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in We cannot predict the political actions of international institutions.

In addressing reports of his regrets, he said in the same article that he would have done some things differently, such as clarifying and ojhn the analysis of some of his answers, to help the public better understand in retrospect the basis for his conclusions. Also at this alternative link Archived at the Wayback Machine. The memo said only prolonged mental harm or serious physical injury, such as organ failure, violated the Geneva Convention’s ban on torture.

A memo on torture to John Yoo

However, in Augustthe Justice Department announced that those who had exceeded approved “techniques” might face prosecution. Bush’s “assertion” that “neither members of the al Qaeda terrorist network nor Taliban soldiers were entitled to the legal status of prisoners of war under the [Geneva Convention],” and therefore planned interrogation methods would not constitute a violation of the Geneva Convention, or war crime.

Legal scholars speculated shortly thereafter that the case has little chance of successfully making it through the German court system. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Yoo was a law clerk for Judge Laurence H. In DecemberYoo’s memo on permissible interrogation techniques, also known as the Bybee memowas repudiated as legally unsound by the OLC, then under the direction of Jack Goldsmith.


Retrieved Toture 6, Archived from the original on June 9, In Maythe CIA requested new legal opinions about the interrogation techniques it was using.

The acts of torture that John Yoo and other Bush administration officials so proudly defend are nothing less than war crimes that, in the absence of accountability, continue to undermine the United States’ claim to respect the rule of law.

In a jhn and a law review article, Yoo defended President Bush’s terrorist surveillance program, arguing that “the TSP represents a valid exercise of ttorture President’s Commander-in-Chief authority to gather intelligence during wartime”. In Yoo criticized what he characterized as an imperial use of executive power by the Clinton administration. Archived from the original on They broke the law; they violated their professional ethical code.

Yoo’s writings and areas of interest have fallen into three broad areas: On March 9,after emerging from a closed talk at Harvard Law School sponsored by the student chapter of the Federalist SocietyBybee was confronted by around thirty-five protesters.

Following accounts of the Abu Ghraib torture and iohn abuse scandal in Iraq, one of the memos was leaked to the press in June In the future, some government may build the case necessary to prosecute them in a foreign court, or in an international court.

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In the explanation of the definition of torture according to 18 U. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 31, He was jhn to the president’s reported request for a legal opinion on the U.