The problem is, the military officers who carried out the torture, as
well as Bush, Cheney and the other leaders who ordered it, could hide
behind two legal opinions authorizing torture published in 2002, known
as the "Torture Memos." However, it might be possible to go after the author of those memos.
The author of the "Torture Memos" (not to mention an earlier one justifying invasions of privacy) is one John Yoo:
law professor at UC Berkeley, KoreAm 1.5er, Gen Xer (argh! stop this
crazy generation! I want to get off!), former clerk for -- you guessed
it -- Clarence Thomas, douchetastic war crimes apologist, and -- here's
a shocker -- member of the neo-con, libertarian Federalist Society, which seeks to "reform" our legal system towards "individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law."
not beat around the Bush here: Yoo is scum. Sure, he neither gave the
orders nor carried them out, but he knew what he was doing and what it
was for. He lied and fudged his knowledge of the law. He's a top-flight
conservative thinker, who hung his ass out an aperture to please the
Prince and may end up being the only one to get spanked. He deserves it, he deserves it, he deserves it.
Let's keep a sharp eye on the media handling of Yoo. Yoo is scum because he's scum, not
because he's Asian or a durn furriner. His particular brand of crazy
comes from drinking white-American-neocon-made Kool Aid, a drink
preferred by both Bush-voters and many middle-class immigrant families.
The right to be profoundly deluded, mendacious, and hyprocritical is
perhaps the most popular of citizen rights among both native-born and
naturalized citizens. No, the dude is American alright, god help us
And let's make sure that Yoo's prosecution, when/if it
comes, is only the opening salvo in a war to take back our constitution
and the real core values of our country. First we take New Yoo-k, then we take Bush-lin.