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Monday, January 09, 2006

Executive power gone mad

The following exchange is between John Yoo, author of the infamous legal memo justifying Presidential powers to torture US captives around the world and Doug Cassel, long time human rights legal scholar and professor at Notre Dame. It took place in Chicago on December and proves, once again, that the US, with the assistance of people like Yoo, is a rogue state:

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."

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6 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

I know I'd feel completely comfortable having an alcoholic, coke snorting, wanna be tough guy, frat boy wanting to make such descisions if I were on the recieving end - not.

Monday, January 09, 2006 2:22:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

The problem is the people who advise him are amoral and pander to his delusions of grandeur. He is an idiot and a lunatic and surrounded by crooks and sycophants. Any "normal" person as president and someone posed the question, "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?". You'd say c'mon - as if the president would order that...
But looking back at their record..if they haven't already done it, they will.

Monday, January 09, 2006 3:50:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

And yet we have bleating believers like Ibraha who was denouncing all this as a fingment of my imagination. That's why Bush can getaway with what he does, because the sheep refuse to belive Bush or anyone in the government is capable.

Monday, January 09, 2006 3:58:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The quote falls into the same catagory as 01 failing to provide proof of innocence regarding pedaphelia charges.

Just more addamo to put on the pile.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:14:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Next time you get your herad out of the sand (where you spend most of your time) check to see that your favourite spot is not a big pile of pig manure. You seem o be spending a lot of time there.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 1:24:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Haven't the foggiest what you're talking about. Seems to be more addamo slung by eddie's occupant.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 2:48:00 am  

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