John Yoo Responds to Critics

-The Orange County Register, March 3, 2009 by Eugene W. Fields

“These memos I wrote were not for public consumption. They lack a certain polish, I think—would have been better to explain government policy rather than try to give unvarnished, straight-talk legal advice. I certainly would have done that differently, but I don’t think I would have made the basic decisions differently.”

-The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2009 by John Yoo

“In these extraordinary circumstances, while our military put al Qaeda on the run, it was the duty of the government to plan for worst-case scenarios—even if, thankfully, those circumstances never materialized. This was not reckless. It was prudent and responsible. While government officials worked tirelessly to prevent the next attack, lawyers, of which I was one, provided advice on unprecedented questions under the most severe time pressures.”