In the infamous torture memos of , Yoo and Bybee, authorised “enhanced interrogation” techniques (EITs), acts previously recognised by. The Responsibility of the Faculty of the University at California at Berkeley in the Matter of the Torture Memo of Professor John Yoo A weblog. Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo wrote in the New York Times op-ed that he had “grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of.

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It failed to promote any language regarding torture to be only “extremely cruel” behavior resulting in “excruciating and agonizing” pain, and instead, filed a reservation that quoted the text of the U.

Retrieved March 29, Archived from the original on June 23, Retrieved December 1, Retrieved 18 January Retrieved July 4, Bush is a ‘King George’ bent on an meml presidency”.

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Archived from the original PDF on February 8, War in Afghanistan Iraq War Symbolism of terrorism. Jack Goldsmithwho succeeded Bybee as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, withdrew the torture memos weeks before resigning in June The Padilla complaint, on page 20, cited Goldsmith’s book The Terror Presidency in support of its case.

Part two of this memorandum goes into great detail how the techniques described in part one will be applied in Abu Zubaydah ‘s case. Goldsmith’s tenure at OLC was ten months. Senate report last week could violate anti-torture laws. Mejo said he was not concerned that the torture program ensnared victims of mistaken identity, and said he had no regrets.

Archived from the original on January 15, Unfortunately, he fails to mention any of the negative consequences of the policies. The President, like all officers torrture the Government, is not above the law. I have not talked to other judges about his memo on torture, but to me it seems completely out of character and inexplicable that he would have signed such a document. Torture has been universally prohibited because in the aftermath of the second world war, the nations of the world agreed, under the leadership of the United States, that respect for basic human dignity required the absolute prohibition of torture under any circumstance.


Margolis’s decision not to refer Yoo to the bar for discipline was criticized by numerous commentators.

In wartime, the gravity shifts to the executive branch. Yoo was a law clerk for Judge Laurence H. Fear explains yol OLC pushed the envelope. It discusses the background of Zubaydah and the possible mental effects from such abuse, the background of the consultant to be assisting, and the details of the proposed coercive actions. It concludes that none of these methods, individually or simultaneously would be considered torture according to law.

A memo on torture to John Yoo

The memo examines the ratification history, and cites U. Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel inYoo co-wrote a memo that was used as the legal sanction for what the CIA called its program of enhanced interrogation techniques after the Sept. Following his tenure as an appointee of the George W. InAlberto Gonzales testified before Congress that the CIA sought the opinion after having captured Abu Zubaydah inwho was then believed to be a significant al-Qaeda figure who could provide important information to U.

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Bybee inviting him to testify before the Judiciary Committee in connection with his role in writing legal memoranda authorizing the use of harsh interrogation techniques while serving as the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel OLC.

Navy general counsel Alberto Mora campaigned internally against what he saw as the “catastrophically poor legal reasoning” and dangerous extremism of Yoo’s opinions. Jus in belloUniversal jurisdictionand War crimes. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikinews Wikisource.

After examining the definition provided in various dictionaries, it concludes that “pain” is synonymous with “suffering” “it is difficult to conceive of such suffering that would not involve severe physical pain”and, selecting among the many definitions, the memo proposes that severe pain must be difficult to endure some definitions quoted in the memo define severe pain as “inflicting discomfort”.


The memorandum states that it appears that the suspect has grown accustomed to their interrogation techniques, and refers to the threat of a possible attack in the United States by unknown individuals.

The letter concludes that the interpretation of the Department of Justice of 18 U. How could its opinions reflect such bad judgement, be so poorly reasoned, and have such terrible tone? Commenting on the specificity of the reservation and statute regarding mental pain or suffering, the memo says, “this understanding ensured that mental torture would rise to a severity comparable to that required in the context of physical torture.

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Bybee signed the legal memorandum that defined ” enhanced interrogation techniques ” including waterboardingwhich are now regarded as torture by the Justice Department, [42] Amnesty International, [43] Human Rights Watch, [44] medical experts, [45] [46] intelligence officials, [47] military judges, [48] and American allies. Retrieved 17 April Since the initial revelation of these documents, other communications related to the use of torture to coerce jonh intimidate detainees during the Bush administration have been divulged.

Retrieved August 9, Former assistant attorney general Yoo not only wants to memmo the evidence of the torture that he authorised; he wants us to believe that his torture policy was useful in fighting terrorism. Archived from the original PDF on July 28,