Posted by: Dominic Umile | 05/21/2009

Reading: John Yoo, Torture Advocate and Inquirer Columnist

NewspapersAfter the jump, I’ve posted my letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tell the Inquirer what you think about the space and byline they’ve granted to Bush-era Justice Department lawyer John Yoo. You might have read about his work recently in the New York Times, in Scott Horton’s Harpers articles or Daily Beast posts, or in the New York Review of Books. Writing the paper — just sending a few sentences via email — is easy. I’ve pasted some links and more info below.


Dear Editors:

Handing monthly paychecks and a well-trafficked public forum to Bush Administration torture lawyer John Yoo is a move that the Philadelphia Inquirer should promptly rescind. In the meantime, the newspaper owes its readers a clear, succinct explanation for its actions. A letter from the editor that doesn’t insult its readers or aim directly at the paper’s own reporters’ already thankless work would be a step in the right direction. Perhaps an addendum to John Yoo’s byline should appear each month alongside his sullied name:

John Yoo is a monthly columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Born in Philadelphia, John Yoo ascended Washingtonian ranks and eventually landed in George W. Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he developed memoranda for his superiors that ignored the specifics laid out by the Geneva Conventions; offered an unethical, unprecedented expansion of presidential executive powers; and allowed for and enabled acts of cloaked violence and inhuman cruelty to be committed at secret CIA “black sites,” Guantanamo Bay, and Abu Ghraib, even though these acts are punishable under U.S. law. Yoo’s actions in the Bush Justice Department have endangered the United States for decades to come. Look for his column here on Sundays.

Dominic Umile
Brooklyn, NY


John Yoo helped build a “legal” platform for the Bush Administration so that they could order the capture, imprisonment, and torture of their detainees in boundaries deemed outside of U.S. law. More info below.


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