John Yoo's Interview: His iPhone Contents and Gym

The Orange County Register yesterday interviewed John Yoo. Of all the questions I might have for him, what's on his iPhone would not be one. Nor do I care that he's been getting in shape by going to the same gym as Kobe Bryant.

As for whether he has any regrets about the torture memos he authored, he mentions one: that they were published. Not because of their content, but he would have "polished them differently." He adds, " I don't think I would have made the basic decisions differently."

This interview is a joke.

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    You missed a gem (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Steve M on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 03:48:09 PM EST
    Check out this post.

    So they finally kicked him out (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by eric on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 03:57:19 PM EST
    at Berkeley?

    No (none / 0) (#9)
    by call me Ishmael on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 08:53:03 PM EST
    Not Yet (if ever).  He is taking a year down at Chapman.  I suspect that he wanted a friendlier and more low-key position to avoid the inevitable attention that was going to come his way.  But that is just a guess.

    Where in hell (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by cal1942 on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 04:00:06 PM EST
    do we get these people?

    For that matter where do we get the "journalists" who do interviews?  

    Given the tone, I'm surprised that the iPhone question wasn't followed by boxers or briefs.

    The California Bar needs to investigate (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Joelarama on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 04:29:48 PM EST
    Mr. Yoo.

    If he gave such unfounded, broad, "you can do anything" legal advice as corporate counsel, he would be disciplined.  I don't see how being a government lawyer is any different.

    Maybe, Yoo's (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 05:01:36 PM EST
    old boss, Jay Bybee, can be impeached.

    oh jeralyn, i must vigorously disagree! (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cpinva on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 08:57:14 PM EST
    This interview is a joke.

    this one response made the whole interview worthwhile:

    but he would have "polished them differently." He adds, " I don't think I would have made the basic decisions differently."

    from the horse's mouth. no hesitation, no remorse. he is now firmly estopped from claiming later that he was misinterpreted, that the memo's were merely unedited drafts, not meant as the final product.

    he is, for all time, displayed as the freakish descendent of nazi germany's greatest legal theorists; the ones who legally justified the "final solution", and all the prior depradations of german law.

    he is kin to the czar's counselors; lenin & stalin's advisors. nixon's rotting corpse is kicking itself, for not having this guy on his legal staff.

    he is the ABA's worst nightmare; he provides substance for every bad lawyer joke since plato. shakespeare knew him, when he made the lawyer crack in Henry V.

    in short, mr. yoo has nowhere to hide, no basis for libel or defamation suit, ever. with that, he also takes down the entire bush administration, laying bare bush's truest desire: to become the first american emperor.

    really, what more could you ask for in an interview?

    Welcome to OC? (none / 0) (#6)
    by atdleft on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 05:54:48 PM EST
    Wow. I'm still wondering why Chapman took this guy in. Do they really want to be known as the school that harbors war criminals?

    He's in Kenneth Starr territory. (none / 0) (#7)
    by inclusiveheart on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 08:31:57 PM EST
    Why would they not?

    Photo Caption from the OC Register (none / 0) (#8)
    by inclusiveheart on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 08:33:41 PM EST

    John Yoo pauses to gather his thoughts before talking about the memos he wrote on behalf of the Justice Department.

    Gotta love it.  The reporter is an aspiring screen play writer.

    Well, this was an exercise in (none / 0) (#11)
    by Anne on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 09:10:21 PM EST
    incredulity; reading this sentence:
    Now that I'm not in the government, part of my role, because I have a certain amount of expertise, is to try to keep the government honest
    I didn't know whether to laugh or punch something, but the words that came out of my mouth, seemingly of their own volition, were: Are you F'ing Kidding Me?

    And this:

    "One thing I sometimes worry about is that lawyers in the future in the government are going to start worrying about, "What are people going to think of me?"
     is his big concern?