John Yoo

A war authorization for weaklings

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video, February 12, 2015

I hate to say it, but what President Obama’s trying to do, and this is a first for a modern-day president, is he’s trying to actually handcuff himself and his successor. If you actually take a moment to look at the proposal that he’s sent forward, it’s an incredible document, one unlike any a president has sent to Congress before. It limits his own powers.

At center of immigration suit, a clause with a funny name

John Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty article cited in The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2014

“If the President may constitutionally permit 15% of the Nation’s illegal immigrant population to remain in the United States without fear of removal, why may he not do the same for 50% of that population, or for all of it?” they wrote in an article on the scope of the Take Care Clause.

GOP ponders its next move

John Yoo article cited in Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2014

“Obama is flouting his fundamental duty, set out in Article II of the Constitution, to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” wrote UC Berkeley’s John C. Yoo in National Review.

Scope of Obama’s amnesty order would be unprecedented

John Yoo and Robert Delahunty article cited in Newsmax, November 18, 2014

“Can a president who wants tax cuts that a recalcitrant Congress will not enact decline to enforce the income tax laws? Can a president effectively repeal the environmental laws by refusing to sue polluters, or workplace and labor laws by refusing to fine violators?”

It’s time for India and the US to band together

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta write for Fortune, November 17, 2014

Amid the falling out between Pakistan and the United States and China’s rise, there is no better time for the two powerful democracies to develop a strong alliance.

Opinion: Closing Gitmo would be a huge, huge mistake

John Yoo interviewed on WSJ Live, October 13, 2014

“If he wants to ruin the last two years of his presidency, I couldn’t think of a better way to do it, which is to bring the worst terrorist leaders … and house them in the United States somewhere. … If they come into the United States, they’re going to have the same rights as the … everyday criminals in the United States, but everyday American citizens, too.”

UC Berkeley law professor Yoo speaks at PARW event

John Yoo quoted in San Jose Mercury News, October 8, 2014

“Most countries in the Western world have a parliamentary democracy, whereby the executive branch derives its legitimacy and is held accountable to the legislature or parliament. We have a separately elected executive branch, and the Constitution allows our president to act quickly and efficiently in emergencies, especially when dealing with foreign affairs and national security.

Mass collection of US phone records violates the Fourth Amendment

John Yoo debates on Intelligence Squared, October 7, 2014

After 9/11 … we decided this would be a reasonable thing to do to try to find any more terrorists coming to the United States: by looking at phone numbers of people from abroad calling into the United States and what those phone numbers called—to try to detect patterns of enemy agents trying to infiltrate into the United States. That’s the purpose of the program.

Obama administration ‘hypocrites’ over military operation

John Yoo quoted in Newsmax, October 2, 2014

“In Iraq … we are protecting our own national security against the terrorist group—the one that has said openly that wants to take actions against us and launch attacks on our homeland,” he said. “If this terrorist group is in Syria too, the U.S. has the right to pursue them. This was the thing that the Bush administration’s critics like President Obama were jumping up and down screaming about after the Iraq invasion.”

Obama is defying the Constitution on war

John Yoo report cited in The Washington Post, September 17, 2014

Liberals who favor tolerating other views seem amazed that there are other views. Such as the argument from John Yoo — a Berkeley law professor who served in Bush’s administration — that  because presidents are “vested with all of the executive power of the federal government,” they are empowered “to initiate military hostilities to protect the national security.”