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Bush Administration: We Can Order Massacres of Civilians. Obama Administration: There’s Nothing to See Here, Move Along

It’s been known for some time that the presidential administration of George W. Bush brought on lawyer John Yoo in order to write legal justifications for the U.S. Government to torture people it had detained. It’s less widely-observed but also known that John Yoo articulated the power of the President to nullify freedom of speech […]

Yoo and Bybee Can Dish Out Torture But they Can’t Take… Nothing

The Obama administration has decided that John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Bush administration lawyers who wrote George W. Bush cover letters telling him there was no problem with America torturing its detainees, will get off scot-free from criminal charges for the felony offense of conspiracy to commit torture. They won’t be taken to civil […]

John Yoo (And Clinton Too): Constitution, Schmonstitution. We've Got Deference!

Lest you think that the effort to weaken 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure began with the Protect America Act of 2007 and FISA Amendments Act of 2008, let’s go all the way back to 2001. On September 25, 2001, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote a memo, a memo released to […]

Never Let Them Near The White House Again

“First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully.”

— Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, writing the legal opinion of the Republican Bush administration.