Friday, December 5, 2008

John Yoo on the Berkeley City Council Agenda

By Chris Thompson
Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Look, we have some pretty strong feelings about Boalt law professor John Yoo ourselves; they tend to vacillate between seething hatred and a cold resolution to hunt him down and vigorously wag our finger. So what is it about the proposed Berkeley City Council resolutions condemning him that leaves us cold? Next week, sez the Chron, the Council will vote whether or not to demand that the federal government charge Yoo with war crimes, and that Boalt offer alternative courses so students don't have to take notes from a man who cooked up a rationale to torture people. What, exactly, keeps us from supporting these measures? Ah, here it is: law students don't actually have to take his class. Honestly, how hard is it to condemn John Yoo without looking like a fool?

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