Summary: An ex-FBI agent also espouses that torture doesn’t work, adding to what a military official said last week.
Summary: During a debate in Dec 2005, John Yoo basically outlines that he believes it’s perfectly fine to torture children. Actually, this isn’t limited to just children who are believed to be terrorist suspects, but this extends to children of terrorist suspects who haven’t done anything.
Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty
Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
Update: More Goodies. Here’s John Yoo claiming Clinton was abusing too much executive power, and here’s a rundown on the historical illiteracy of Yoo when describing the Founding Fathers’ intent (not to mention the Cold War as well).
Summary: During the previous week while the Bush administration was trying to push for passage of a bill that allowed them to use “torture light” tactics on prisoners, the LA Times ran an article with a buried section on how US military leaders don’t believe such tactics lead to good intelligence. The intelligence gained from such abuse has little credibility, any good that comes out of it is undercut by the damage it does to the reputation of the US abroad.
Summary: Three Key Republicans, McCain, Graham, and Warner, stall a bill that the White House was aiming to get passed, which basically rewrites the Geneva Conventions. In addition, Democrats and Republicans approach near a filibuster-proof margin of support for following the Geneva Conventions.
Summary: Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick explains why even though the latest push for the torture bill may seem like it is against torture, but in fact does support “torture light” that we have seen already in place at Guantanimo and Abu Ghraib. Lithwick also goes to show how the adminsitration is not really worried about if we are following Geneva convetions, rather how they are interested in ways how to sidetrack it.
Summary: John Yoo wrote an op-ed in the NY Times defending the Bush administration’s breach in executive powers in areas of torture and FISA. Glenn Greenwald responds with quotes from the Federalist Papers which directly outline what the Founding Father’s intent was for executive power.