November 28, 2005
Which Is It, Torture Boy?

Torture Boy John Yoo explains to the slower members of the class why prisoners taken in a war are not prisoners-of-war:

When the planes hit on 9/11, anxiety raced through Justice Department headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, recalls Robert Delahunty, then a lawyer in the counsel’s office. He says Mr. Yoo immediately asserted himself, declaring, “This is war. The law operates differently …”

Mr. Yoo says al Qaeda members don’t qualify for prisoner-of-war protections under the Geneva Conventions, because those treaties are between nations. Al Qaeda isn’t a nation and doesn’t respect rules of war, he says, such as not intentionally attacking civilians …

“It seems to me,” says Mr. Yoo, “that the leaders in government and the judges and some legal thinkers, too, accept now that the fight against terrorism is a real war.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 28, 2005 11:24 PM
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Now there's a real thinker.

Posted by: Peter on November 29, 2005 3:29 AM
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