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Re: “The Torture Professor

I'm not looking for Berkeley to discipline or fire Yoo anytime soon. Why? One reason can be found in a brochure that Cal's "University Relations" office recently sent out to alumni and parents: "The Promise of Berkleley (Spring 2008)." This expensive, full-color promotional publication features John Yoo on page 18, in a section that highlights the White House connections of Cal faculty (Robert Reich, who served in the Clinton administration, is also featured on another page). Yoo is quoted as saying that his three stints of government service, in executive, legislative, and judicial branches, "gives me the ability to explain how the powers of the three can lead to cooperation or conflict beyond what we read in Supreme Court opinions." Also, "I think it is important we make a contribution when our government calls."

There is no mention whatsoever of the torture memos or the controversy surrounding them.

Not only is Cal NOT trying to keep him and his situation under wraps, Yoo is actually one of their POSTER BOYS for the university's influence in the imperial halls of power. So I'd be surprised to see even so much as a knuckle-rapping come out of this episode. Perhaps something will happen after the current administration leaves power. Who knows? For now, Cal seems to be swayed by the Beltway reality-warping field.

Posted by James Anderson Merritt on 05/17/2008 at 3:03 PM

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