Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Yoo Rotten Bastard

Truthdig. Comments here.

More shocking details are emerging from the 2003 81-page memo by former Justice Department senior lawyer John Yoo, who determined that the commander-in-chief can order poking out of eyes, slitting of body parts and throwing acid at prisoners, and none of that would constitute torture because it would not result in “death, organ failure or serious impairment of bodily functions.”

Yesterday I posted on Andrew Sullivan's statement that 'officials of this administration will be indicted for war crimes'.

I can't think of a better place to start than with Yoo. He certainly deserves it, and it might be just the ice-breaker we need.

Here's the part that gets me - Yoo is a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley. What's he teaching? How to cloak war crimes by plating them with bullshit legalese?

Berkeley! UCBerzerkely is probably the most liberal school on the planet, located in the most liberal city on the planet. The Free Speech Movement that kicked off the civic and social awakening of the '60s started there. The locals recently vociferously opposed the mere presence of Marine recruiters in their fair burg!* I'm not talkin' wimpy 'progressives', folks, I'm talkin' bomb throwin' left-of-Lenin radical bolsheviks here. In a hyperbolic way, of course.

How does that torture-enabling asshole keep his job?

C'mon you latte-drinkin', poetry-spoutin', free speech-'n-love lovin', banner-wavin', street-marchin' old hippies over there, yer fallin' down on the job (Sorry, 'job' is a dirty word to some of those folks). Get yer walkers fired up, get on the stick, two if need be, and get over to the campus. Recruit some of the youngsters, hell, they're yer grandkids, show some o' that '60s piss 'n vinegar and get this asshole fired!

* I think the reason the Corps had a recruiter in that anti-war bastion is because it was safer than putting him in neighboring Oakland. Heh.

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