John Yoo Defends Policy of Harsh Interrogations

Esquire, May 13, by John H. Richardson

But those harsh interrogation techniques migrated straight to Iraq. What about that? “That was definitely not permitted under the decision-making level I was at,” Yoo says. “It was clearly not. The Geneva Conventions fully applied in Iraq…. In World War II, we interned people, tens of thousands of citizens. We tried citizens who were enemy spies under military commissions which had no procedures at all…. We dropped a nuclear weapon on Japan. Waterboarding we think is torture, but it happened to three people. The scale of magnitude is different.”