John Yoo to tout book at SF appearance

John YooIf those activists who’ve dogged Cal law professor John Yoo – who as a Justice Department lawyer helped build a legal framework for the “enhanced interrogation” techniques many now consider to be torture and for other perceived Bush Administration transgressions – still can’t find where he’s teaching his current class, at least they’ll know where he is for a few hours next week.

Yoo will speak to the Commonwealth Club of California about his new book, “Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush,” at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets are available online and cost $12 for club members, $18 for nonmembers and $7 for students with valid ID; I predict the tickets will sell out and – no, really, I’m a little bit psychic – that the club’s security will be expecting protestors to try to disrupt the event.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Josh, Yoo’s classroom has been located, and yes, activists will be back on the scene when he actually returns from his book tour and attempts to teach.

    Meanwhile, CAL has granted him a SECOND secret class, posting NO information on size, time or location. Special treatment for war criminals… is this what “academic freedom” is all about?

    Curt Wechsler
    the world can’t wait – Fire John Yoo!

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    The Rest of the World can’t wait for the left-wingnut post-mortem of the Bush years to end. Let historians argue about the mistakes and achievements after the facts are collected. America has enough to ponder without nonstop second-guessing of the departed administration.

  • HE’S BACK…

    Thursday, March 15, 2012
    Same time, same location

    Torture Professor sets sights on Iran

    Many people know the name of John Yoo, but most do not know his full role in
    the criminal enterprise known as the Bush Regime. Yoo is associated with the
    infamous 81-page “torture memo” written while he was a Department of Justice
    lawyer, on a two-year leave from the UC Berkeley Law faculty. He is one of the
    many Bush administration attorneys who provided legal justification and cover for
    the illegal actions of the Bush regime during its eight years in power, including
    the lies prefacing the immoral and illegitimate war on Iraq.

    Well guess what, no surprise, John Yoo is at it again, promoting an exaggeration
    of Iran’s nuclear capabilities and agitating for U.S. military action against Iran.

    “It’s amazing how lies grow. You start with a small
    one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in
    and tell another one. Then another. People believe
    you at first, and then act upon your lies, and you
    catch yourself wishing you’d simply told the truth.”
    – ‘The Client’ by John Grisham

    The University of California’s advocacy for the current U.S. Torture State began
    with a rather banal defense of its employee John Yoo, whose conduct and work
    at the Bush/Cheney Justice Department fell far outside established ethical
    standards. Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley sticks with his misapplication of
    the principle of “academic freedom” to provide safe harbor to his subordinate,
    despite repeated rebuttals from those, including numerous constitutional lawyers,
    who correctly understand that unethical, criminal and immoral action in the
    service of government are not protected.

    Dean Edley taught Barack Obama at Yale and provided consultation services for
    his presidential campaign, and has upheld the President’s decision to avoid
    investigation of criminal actions of the Bush administration. But political
    calculation must not be the basis for decisions involving the most basic principles
    of universal human rights. World Can’t Wait urges people of conscience to reject
    the pretext of Fear being sold to the American public and to repudiate the illegal
    practices being used in the global “war” on terror.

    Christopher Edley (or John Yoo for that matter) is not solely responsible for the
    disgraceful enablement of torture advocacy at Boalt Hall. For far too long,
    academe (and other schools employ war criminals, see warcriminalswatch.org)
    has neglected its responsibility — to pursue and explore truth. And it’s been this
    failure that has led to an impasse in closing the most ignominious example of
    U.S. cruelty, Guantanamo Bay.

    The above is a legacy that must be undone. But in the absence of accountability
    for past crimes, we have allowed an escalation in what amounts to a U.S. war OF
    terror: the state-sponsored torture and terrorizing of whole populations (think
    Afghanistan and Iraq, think Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Bagram). And
    because Dean Edley, Chancellor Birgeneau (“We’re actually a fairly broad church
    here… we’ve got the law professor John Yoo, who has been a prime advocate of
    the U.S. government’s torture policy”), administrators, professional associations
    and yes, faculty, practitioners and alumni have been remiss in ignoring their
    purported ethical obligations, the entire UC community finds itself in the
    predicament of watching someone whose veneer of legitimacy should have been
    stripped away years ago, promoting the ultimate war crime, the invasion of
    another country which is not an imminent threat to the security of the U.S., in this
    particular case the sovereign state of Iran, writing in the National Review:

    “[current Republican presidential candidates] must
    begin preparing the case for a military strike to
    destroy Iran’s nuclear program…” – John Yoo

    It is time for Berkeley Law to come
    clean and fess up to what it actually represents, its “face” to the world, before the
    nickname of “UC Law School for the Legal Justification of Torture” takes
    permanent hold. Join us today in our campaign to “Fire, Disbar, and Prosecute
    John Yoo.”