John Yoo

John Yoo Says Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Case Threatens National Security

The Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2009 by John Yoo

Prosecutors will be forced to reveal U.S. intelligence on KSM, the methods and sources for acquiring its information, and his relationships to fellow al Qaeda operatives. The information will enable al Qaeda to drop plans and personnel whose cover is blown. It will enable it to detect our means of intelligence-gathering, and to push forward into areas we know nothing about.

John Yoo Opposes Investigation of CIA

The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2009 by John Yoo

What has gone less well understood is what the investigation will do to the CIA as an institution at a time when it serves as the nation’s eyes and ears and, sometimes, the sword and shield, during war against a shadowy, covert enemy…. All intelligence involves probabilities and educated guesses, but effective intelligence can actually provide the information needed to avoid costly wars. Persecuting the CIA risks another surprise attack or major intelligence failure.

John Yoo Reiterates Need for Warrantless Wiretapping in Wartime

The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2009 by John Yoo

Unlike, say, Soviet spies working under diplomatic cover, terrorists are hard to identify. Yet they are vastly more dangerous. Monitoring their likely communications channels is the best way to track and stop them. Building evidence to prove past crimes, as in the civilian criminal system, is entirely beside the point. The best way to find an al Qaeda operative is to look at all email, text and phone traffic between Afghanistan and Pakistan and the U.S. This might involve the filtering of innocent traffic, just as roadblocks and airport screenings do.

John Yoo Claims Affirmative Action Policies No Longer Necessary

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2009 by John Yoo

Candidate Obama said it was time to move beyond identity politics…. That requires us to discard extreme measures such as racial hiring and admission quotas or limits on state elections. While they might have been justified in the 1960s, to eliminate segregation root and branch, they are necessary no longer. The Supreme Court has called on the president and Congress to introduce new measures that no longer manipulate race, and it is up to our elected politicians now to answer.

John Yoo Criticizes Padilla Lawsuit

The New York Times, June 13, 2009 by John Schwartz

Mr. Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, did not respond to an e-mail message seeking comment, but in a column he wrote about the suit last year in The Wall Street Journal, he said, “The legal system should not be used as a bludgeon against individuals targeted by political activists to impose policy preferences they have failed to implement via the ballot box.”

John Yoo Calls for a Moderate Supreme Court Justice

The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 10, 2009 by John Yoo

Obama could make a pick based solely on race or sex—though it’s not clear why the most empathetic judges are minorities or women—to please parts of his coalition. But if the president wants to secure the success of his economic, political, and national-security objectives, he should remember FDR’s example and choose a judge who believes in the right of the president and Congress, not the courts, to make the nation’s policies.

John Yoo Defends His Legal Counsel

Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2009 by Carol J. Williams,0,2274085.story

“Three thousand of our fellow citizens had been killed in a deliberate attack by a foreign enemyֽ” Yooֽ unruffled by shouts that he is a war criminal and should be in jailֽ told a packed auditorium on the Orange County campus. “That forced us in the government to have to consider measures to gain information using presidential constitutional provisions to protect the country from further attack.”

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.”

John Yoo Criticizes Obama’s Decision to Close Gitmo and Limit CIA Interrogations

The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2009 by John Yoo

While these actions will certainly please his base—gone are the cries of an “imperial presidency”—they will also seriously handicap our intelligence agencies from preventing future terrorist attacks. In issuing these executive orders, Mr. Obama is returning America to the failed law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism that prevailed before Sept. 11, 2001.