Fire, Disbar, Prosecute John Yoo.
John Yoo did his most notorious damage as deputy assistant attorney general for the Bush
administration's Office of Legal Counsel, where his legal opinions were used to justify torture.
Yet he is still a professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Law School. Act Against Torture has been
participating in protests against the sheltering of this war criminal under the pretext of
academic freedom for some years, and got some attention in the press and blogosphere when we
called a protest
at the Boalt graduation on the morning of May 17, 2008 to demand he be fired,
disbarred, and prosecuted for his criminal lawyering as a Bush administration official.
John Yoo's legal brief of March 14, 2003, advising the White House how it could
get away with torture, was released to the public in April 2008. Jameel Jaffer,
director of the ACLU's national security project, said
Yoo's legal reasoning puts "literally no limit at all to the kinds of
interrogation methods that the president can authorize. [...] The memo was meant to allow
torture, and that's exactly what it did." In the wake of the memo's
release, the National Lawyer's Guild has called for Yoo's dismissal from
his position at UC Berkeley, his disbarment, and his prosecution for war
crimes. The Center for Constitutional Rights has released a letter in
support of this call.
Our campaign page has more info and links on efforts to fire, disbar, and prosecute John Yoo.