Law Students with a Conscienceposted by Jazz at 6/09/2004 08:02:00 AM
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The students apparently felt that this was tantamount to aiding and abetting a war criminal.
The author gives Yoo some measure of benefit of the doubt, saying;
Granted, Yoo and his co-author did not specifically take up the issue of abuse and torture, and were very clear that their memo covered only legal, not policy issues. But they must have known the possibility of torture was a real one, and the memo lacked any stern caveats about legal or moral issues. And in the international law arena, the lines between law, policy, and ethics can be unclear -- suggesting an especially great need for caveats.
However, it is made clear that Bush was looking for legal advisors who could create a basis to justify abuse of prisoners. John Yoo, however, went even one step better and declared that the president was above the oversight of the courts in these matters.
At the same time that Yoo advised the president that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo and elsewhere, he also advised, in a separate memo, that no U.S. court can review claims by Guantanamo detainees saying that they are innocent of any crime, and are not even members of such groups in the first place.
This advice the author views as "morally suspect" and having the potential to lead to abuse.