John Yoo

Yoo's On First
June 26, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee hearing with David Addington and John Yoo is proving to be exceptionally bitter and acrimonious even by House Judiciary Committee standards. If you're around C-SPAN, I recommend turning it on--this is entertaining stuff. Addington continually displays unveiled contempt for the members of the committee (I was about to say "thinly veiled," but even that would be too charitable). Yoo is slightly more polite, but no more helpful.

Vanity Fair Comes Through Again
February 13, 2007

Marie Brenner has a great new piece in Vanity Fair on some of the lawyers, both military and civilian, defending Guantanamo detainees. Aside from fresh reporting into the Bush's administration's haphazardness in throwing together military tribunals, not to mention colorful portraits of some Washington jurists, Brenner has an excellent section on John Yoo. An excerpt: 'I kind of feel like I have been hung out to dry," says John Yoo. "People say that I am responsible for everything, as if I had the full point plan for what we are going to do.

The 9/11 Constitution
January 16, 2006

The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After 9/11 By John Yoo(University of Chicago Press, 366 pp., $29) In 2002, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel indicated that as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the president has the power to engage in coercive interrogation, even torture—and that Congress lacks the power to limit that authority.