OPR Report


February 21, 2010 by J. Madson

John Yoo should be tried for torture. It’s not likely to happen under Obama’s watch but I apprecaite those who are standing up to him whenever he speaks.

The Department of Justice OPR report on the Yoo memos was just released. People are coming through it but it looks worse than we initially thought. Digby highlights this gem:

The chief author of the Bush administration’s “torture memo” told Justice Department investigators that the president’s war-making authority was so broad that he had the constitutional power to order a village to be “massacred,” according to a report by released Friday night by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The report, more than four years in the making, is filled with new details into how a small group of lawyers at the Justice Department, the CIA, and the White House crafted the legal arguments that gave the green light to some of the most controversial tactics in the Bush administration’s war on terror. They also describe how Bush administration officials were so worried about the prospect that CIA officers might be criminally prosecuted for torture that one senior official – Attorney General John Ashcroft – even suggested that President Bush issue “advance pardons” for those engaging in waterboarding, a proposal that he was quickly told was not possible.
At the core of the legal arguments were the views of Yoo, strongly backed by David Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s legal counsel, that the president’s wartime powers were essentially unlimited and included the authority to override laws passed by Congress, such as a statute banning the use of torture. Pressed on his views in an interview with OPR investigators, Yoo was asked:

“What about ordering a village of resistants to be massacred? … Is that a power that the president could legally -”

“Yeah,” Yoo replied, according to a partial transcript included in the report. “Although, let me say this: So, certainly, that would fall within the commander-in-chief’s power over tactical decisions.”

“To order a village of civilians to be [exterminated]?” the OPR investigator asked again.

“Sure,” said Yoo.

7 thoughts on “OPR Report

  1. Forest Simmons says:

    Here’s another glimpse at the strange workings of Mr. Yoo’s mind:


  2. Kate says:

    I hope people keep following Yoo around with this message until his dying day.

  3. Joseph says:

    Or at least until he is actually tried and found guilty and given some kind of prison sentence. Of course, that needs to happen to more than just John Yoo.

  4. Forest Simmons says:

    Here’s a link to a related story that says both John Yoo and Bro. Jay Bybee are off the hook for their torture memos:


  5. Forest Simmons says:

    Don’t forget Jay Bybee!

  6. J. Madson says:

    Yes Forest, we shouldnt forget Bybee. The report concluded that he was prob more of an empty suit who signed anything put in front of him. Bybee seemed incompetent and Yoo down right sociopathic.

  7. Forest Simmons says:

    Did Bybee think that going along with the brotherhood of the Federalist Society was akin to following the brethren?

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