| John Yoo |
(lawyer, academic, war criminal, deep state functionary)
John Choon Yoo|
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Harvard University, Yale Law School|
|At large as of August 2016|
• Cruel Inhumane and Degrading Treatment
The US lawyer whose name is now synonymous with the infamous "torture memo" which opened the door to legalising torture and lead to his conviction as a war criminal.
Support for torture
John Yoo's name has become synonymous with the infamous "torture memo" of August, 2002, which lifted legal restrictions on the use of torture in USA, claiming that the War Crimes Act of the Geneva Convention need not apply to 'enemy combatants'. In 2012 he was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission. He was later granted immunity from prosecution in US courts in this regard.
Unitary executive theory
Yoo has suggested that since the primary task of the President during a time of war is protecting U.S. citizens, the President has inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies, and plenary power to use force abroad.
John Yoo has been subject to opposition by students of UCB because of his war criminal status and support for torture.
- Suggested interpretation of War Powers in the Bush administration
- George Bush's rough justice – The career of the latest supreme court nominee has been marked by his hatred of liberalism by Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian, January 12, 2006
- How Close Are We to the End of Democracy? by Martin Garbus, The Huffington Post, January 20, 2006
- Scholar Stands by Post-9/11 Writings On Torture, Domestic Eavesdropping by Peter Slevin, The Washington Post, December 26, 2005.