City Council Weighs in on Torture

John Yoo provided the legal justification and framework for the Bush administration's torture policies as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, but he ...
by | December 5, 2008
 

John Yoo provided the legal justification and framework for the Bush administration's torture policies as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, but he has since returned to Berkeley as a tenured professor at the university's law school.

Berkeley being Berkeley, his position there has generated controversy. On Monday, the city council will vote on a package of measures targeting Yoo.

One would demand that the U.S. charge Yoo with war crimes. Another would call on the university to provide alternatives to Yoo's courses, so that no student would have to enroll in Yoo's classes if they didn't want to.

A couple of city council members interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle sounded dubious about the latter measure.

"I certainly am not in agreement with this professor's justifications for torture, but this measure seems to fly in the face of a good liberal arts education," said Councilman Laurie Capitelli. "Taking a course from a professor with whom you disagree is a healthy intellectual challenge."

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