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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2008, 3:30 pm

Greenwald on War Criminal Yoo

By Jarrett Dapier

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Greenwald takes on Yoo over at Salon and notes that "Yet again, the ACLU has performed the function which Congress and the media are intended to perform but do not." He also rightly notes that treatment of Yoo after his tenure working with Addington and the DOJ points to the complete degradation of moral standards in our nation, our media and at a certain top law school:

The fact that John Yoo is a Professor of Law at Berkeley and is treated as a respectable, serious expert by our media institutions, reflects the complete destruction over the last eight years of whatever moral authority the United States possessed. Comporting with long-held stereotypes of two-bit tyrannies, we're now a country that literally exempts our highest political officials from the rule of law, and have decided that there should be no consequences when they commit serious felonies.

John Yoo's Memorandum, as intended, directly led to -- caused -- a whole series of war crimes at both Guantanamo and in Iraq. The reason such a relatively low-level DOJ official was able to issue such influential and extraordinary opinions was because he was working directly with, and at the behest of, the two most important legal officials in the administration: George Bush's White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Dick Cheney's counsel (and current Chief of Staff) David Addington. Together, they deliberately created and authorized a regime of torture and other brutal interrogation methods that are, by all measures, very serious war crimes.

Greenwald offers up a whole host of trenchant analysis and observations on this shame-of-the-nation sociopath. . Definitely worth a look-see.

Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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