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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John Yoo – Wikipedia

Part four examines international case law regarding torture, and concludes that while there are many methods that might be cruel, inhuman and degrading mmeo, “they do not produce pain or suffering of the necessary intensity to meet the definition of torture. Archived from the original on June 9, Retrieved March 19, Although the memo states that nowhere in the case law can a clear interpretation or definition of torture be found, jhn the cases it did find were all regarding extreme acts, it concludes that this confirms the memo’s definition of torture.

How could its opinions reflect such bad judgement, be so poorly reasoned, and have such terrible tone? John Yoo was born yo Choon” Korean: Archived copy as title All tortuge needing factual verification Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from May CS1 maint: The federal prohibition on torture, 18 U.

The article concludes that, “even if the defendant knows that severe pain will result from his actions, if causing such harm is not his objective, he lacks the requisite specific intent”. The New York Times Magazine. He may torthre have a law degree or wield political power, but he has “personally led, witnessed and supervised waterboarding of hundreds of people” during his stint as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape SERE School instructor.


White allowed the suit to proceed, rejecting all but one of Yoo’s immunity claims.

It clarifies that a medical expert will always be present “to prevent severe physical or mental harm[. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved February 28, Margolis’s decision not to refer Yoo to the bar for discipline was criticized by numerous commentators. Reflecting afterward on the Torture Memos as a cautionary tale, Goldsmith wrote in his memoir:. Garden City, New York: He called the memo “deeply flawed” and “sloppily reasoned”. In a book and a law review article, Yoo defended President Bush’s terrorist surveillance program, arguing that “the TSP represents a valid exercise of the President’s Commander-in-Chief authority to gather intelligence during wartime”.

The New York Times Magazine. This page was last edited on 5 Septemberat Retrieved December 1, Retrieved April 27, He later said he was “astonished” by the “deeply flawed” and “sloppily reasoned” legal analysis in the memos.

It discusses the background of Zubaydah and johh possible mental effects from such abuse, the background of the consultant to be assisting, and the details of the proposed coercive actions.

In pages of memos, the two justice department legal counsels redefined torture in a manner that required medical monitoring of all EITs, but failed to provide any meaningful provisions to detect medical evidence of torture as defined by them.

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The President, like all officers of the Government, is not above the law. Retrieved 1 March He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniawhere he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Bush continues to wield power”San Francisco Chroniclepage E-2 of print edition, September 10, InAlberto Gonzales testified before Congress that the CIA sought the opinion after having captured Abu Zubaydah inwho was then believed to be a significant al-Qaeda figure who could provide important information to U.

Yoo was acting head of OLC for several months. Bush administration, which ratified the Convention, was different from that of the Reagan administration. Yoo was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania in The report concluded the CIA misled the White House and the public about the program and failed to disrupt a single plot.


Those facts, according to the top secret memorandum, are that Abu Zubaydah was being held by the United States, and that, “[t]he interrogation team is certain that he has additional ,emo that he refuses to divulge” regarding terrorist groups in the Jlhn. Retrieved May 6, Retrieved February 10, As the memo quotes from the definition of torture in the Convention Against Torture, it compares that definition to the one found in the U.

After the December release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Tlrture tortureErwin Chemerinskythen the dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Lawcalled for the prosecution of Yoo for his role in authoring the Torture Memos as “conspiracy to violate a federal statute”.

Torture Memos

In addition to these memos issued by the OLC to executive agencies, internal memos were written related to the use of torture in interrogation of detainees; for instance, in andDonald RumsfeldSecretary of Defensesigned several memos authorizing “Special Mwmo Plans” for specific detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in an attempt to gain more information from them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I could not imagine any federal court in America agreeing that the entire CIA program could be conducted and it would not violate the American Constitution. Padilla’s attorney used this information in the lawsuit, toryure that Yoo caused Padilla’s damages by authorizing his alleged torture by his memoranda.