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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:22 PM
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John Yoo Blames Media For Distorting Context of His Legal Memos
http://www.pubrecord.org/torture/739-john-yoo-blames-me...

Written by Jason Leopold
Saturday, 07 March 2009 11:17

By Jason Leopold

John Yoo, the former Justice Department attorney and author of several controversial legal opinions including the infamous torture memo, continues to live in a state of denial.

In an op-ed published Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, Yoo attempted to defend a handful of legal opinions he drafted in the aftermath of 9/11 that one colleague described as either incorrect or highly questionable and another colleague said was sloppily reasoned.

Yoo complained that his brief comments about waiving the First Amendment in a highly controversial Oct. 23, 2001 legal opinion released earlier this week were taken out of context by the news media.

"In portraying our answer , the media has quoted a single out-of-context sentence from our analysis: 'First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully.'"
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:25 PM
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1. Some sentences survive removal from their contexts very well.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 04:26 PM by Jackpine Radical
The one he cites is a good example. Here is another:

SCREW YOO.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:26 PM
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2. Damn that media for saying what I said!
Why is he not charged with treason?
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earthboundmisfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:08 PM
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3. Screw Yoo.
I consider him a principal and not an accessory to Bushco's crimes. Evil little fuck.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:38 PM
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4. John Yoo's employer might put his torture memos in the right context, then fire his MFing ass!
:P
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:40 PM
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5. Typical. . "It's not me... It's everybody else..
I'm so misunderstood"

:eyes:
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:53 PM
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6. Hmmm..... Justice would be him being treated the same way his "laws" treat others.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:59 PM
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7. Nice of the Wall Street Journal to give Yoo an outlet for his free speech.
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DKRC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:05 PM
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8. That's not what I said!
Just cause you've got originals, & copies, and ... and stuff!

:crazy:
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