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Citing an argument that hallmarked the Bush years, Obama administration attorneys have asked a San Francisco court to drop all charges against Berkeley law professor John Yoo, who authored legal opinions that permitted the torture of prisoners.
An amicus curiae brief [PDF link] filed by the Department of Justice with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday essentially argues that because he was giving advice to the president on a national security matter, Yoo should not be held accountable for his actions as it would have a chilling effect on advice provided to future presidents.
Turley: Obama bags Peace Prize while his lawyers are ‘gutting’ Nuremberg
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley finds ths decision inexplicable. "The president literally has gotten onto a plane this evening to go to Norway," he told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday, "to accept the Nobel Prize, while his Justice Department is effectively gutting a major part of Nuremberg."
"The Obama administration is arguing not only that they shouldn't be prosecuted," Tuirley emphasized, "but it's now saying that you shouldn't even be able to sue them civilly. ... It's an international disgrace."
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
If we're speaking of water-boarding here, then we aren't speaking of torture. Regardless, it would seem to me that Yoo was providing a legal opinion, not promulgating policy.
Prosecuting him is the act of a slimy, weasly administration who can't seem to define itself and which has demonstrated no competency at any level, foreign or domestic.
That's a troubling fact in such dangerous times.