[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
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That “Yoo” is not a typo, but a bad pun on the name of the famous and persecuted Professor John Yoo.* As you/Yoo can imagine, he has a lot of interesting thoughts on the Obama administration’s new-found love of killing bad guys even if they are nominally Americans, and those thoughts are here. The money quote:
By my lights, I would rather the Obama folks be hypocrites in favor of protecting the national security than principled fools (which they are free to be in the faculty lounges both before and after their time in government).
Yoo get him!
(I’m going to stop doing that, now.)
Joking aside, that comment by Yoo will definitely leave a mark. By the way, I suppose all the people who tried to have Yoo disbarred and fired from his job, and tried to sue him for giving legal advice, will come after Obama’s lawyers, too, right? Because otherwise you guys are going to look kind of like partisan hacks if you don’t. Certainly Yale Law School is not getting my alumni money until they stop this assault on the right of a president to receive candid counsel and compensate Professor Yoo for wasting his time with this foolishness.
Come to think of it, maybe that is why the memos were kept secret as a matter of national security, not because the contents were secret but because no one is willing to publicly support this kind of thing after the attempt to silence opposing legal views—views that today have been partially vindicated. Which I suppose would make the secrecy more understandable, although still wrong. The answer isn’t to make this government more opaque but to have extremely robust laws prohibiting the kind of persecution that Yoo is facing.
* With apologies to Mr. Yoo and pretty much everyone. I will now flog myself as self-punishment.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]