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Re: “The Torture Professor

Since John Yoo, was working for the Justice Department at the time he wrote the torture memos, and could not have been paid at the same time by the University of California, which is against its employment regulations, then it seems the issue of academic freedom does not apply to him. Therefore, he cannot hide behind this issue now, nor can the University of California, Berkeley. SEE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL to verify, please. These are open documents regarding hiring and retention policies.

Could he not also be prosecuted for failing to uphold the U.S. Constitution at the Justice Department, especially Amendment VIII to the Bill of Rights which unequivocally prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment"?

By what stretch of anyone's imagination could the torture Yoo espoused be considered "usual"? Yoo eschewed only "organ failure", presumably not ripping nails off hands, for example. This inhumanity seems prosecutable.

Render him to the World Court if necessary.

Posted by Philomena Burkhardt on 05/22/2008 at 3:04 PM

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