Today, the National Lawyers Guild — the "oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States" — called on Berkeley's law school, Boalt Hall, to dismiss former Bush administration John Yoo, who is a law professor there. From the Guild's statement:

yoo54.jpg In a memorandum written the same month George W. Bush invaded Iraq, Boalt Hall law professor John Yoo said the Department of Justice would construe US criminal laws not to apply to the President's detention and interrogation of enemy combatants. According to Yoo, the federal statutes against torture, assault, maiming and stalking do not apply to the military in the conduct of the war. [...]

"John Yoo's complicity in establishing the policy that led to the torture of prisoners constitutes a war crime under the US War Crimes Act," said National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn.

Congress should repeal the provision of the Military Commissions Act that would give Yoo immunity from prosecution for torture committed from September 11, 2001 to December 30, 2005. John Yoo should be disbarred and he should not be retained as a professor of law at one of the country's premier law schools. John Yoo should be dismissed from Boalt Hall and tried as a war criminal.

RLCC Comment: I just became aware of this. It is in line with what I wrote yesterday and in earlier posts. The only thing I don't want is to punish Yoo. His conscience needs to do the work. What he needs is to come to know the Golden Rule and that the practices he okayed are a clear violation of that rule. He doesn't understand what full-circle means. "What goes around, comes around" is a meaningful expression. It's not the reason not to torture in that one doesn't not torture to avoid being tortured as self apart from God. One doesn't torture, because everyone is a relative. It just isn't loving to torture relatives, and only love will heal all the disease of evil. We are all interconnected and interdependent. God looks at us both individually and collectively at the same time. We are responsible for each other up to a point that Jesus demonstrated.

Link to source-webpage by Amanda, obtained via: Think Progress, April 9, 2008, 3:33pm


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