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John Yoo: No Regrets

Allison Kilkenney - This week, John Yoo, Bush’s chief legal torture architect, got to plug his book in NY Times Magazine.

Side-note: Interviewer Deborah Solomon drilled Yoo with exactly as much “no guff” gusto as she offered Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane in a legendarily uncomfortable interview. (Solomon may hate torture, but she hates Family Guy more.)

But back to Yoo. If you can make it through the page-long interview without vomiting from fury-rage, here are some of the gems you shall encounter:

Q: Which president would you say most violated laws enacted by Congress?

A: I would say Lincoln

You know, I was just thinking that. For a second, I thought it was the president, who along with his evil henchman lawyer, allowed torture, the warrantless wiretapping of US civilians, and argued the President has inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies, plenary power to use force abroad, and the sole authority to interpret international treaties such as the Geneva Conventions. But then I remembered it was Lincoln. That bearded son of a bitch! Read more.


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