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Should he be fired?

BERKELEY, Calif. — Anti-war activists protested Monday at the University of California, Berkeley to call for the firing of a law professor who co-wrote legal memos that critics say were used to justify the torture of suspected terrorists.

Campus police arrested at least four people who refused to leave the university's law school building.

The demonstrators said John Yoo should be dismissed, disbarred and prosecuted for war crimes for his work as a Bush administration attorney from 2001 to 2003, when he helped craft legal theories for waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques.

Shouting "war criminal," the protesters confronted Yoo as he entered a lecture hall on the first day of class at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where the tenured professor is teaching a civil law course this semester.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:29 AM on Aug. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/18/protesters-want-uc-berkel_n_261848.html

    Demonstrators also staged a mock arrest of Yoo. Some dressed in black hoods and orange prisoner suits similar to ones seen in infamous photos of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, which was closed in 2006 following reports of detainee abuse.

    "There is little doubt that John Yoo is a war criminal," said civil rights attorney Dan Siegel, speaking outside Boalt Hall. "John Yoo went to Washington and created the ideological, political and legal basis for the torture of innocent people."

    Yoo, who returned to UC Berkeley after spending the spring semester at Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:30 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • I don't think that these people, the suspected terrorists, were innocent. Just not buying it. There is always someone who disagrees with something, no one can ever be pleased and nothing everyone does is right all the time.

    Interrogation is needed when attempting to gain information from those insisting on threatening our country.
    lilbit022009

    Answer by lilbit022009 at 10:35 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • omg they were SHOUTING!? angry mob!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • where the tenured professor is teaching a civil law course this semester.


    Not if domestic terrorists can keep their jobs teaching at Universities.  Don't support him?  Don't take his classes. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • No. If someone like William Ayers can teach and he commited violent acts why not this guy?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:53 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • Just think of it this way.....When those who are trying to protect America....can not protect America anymore.......because you are then considered a domestic terrorist......but bring known terrorist back to America and sit them right in our back yard...... then I wonder WHO is the REAL domestic terrorist?

    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 11:24 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • No he should not be fired.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:25 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • Anti-war activists protested Monday


    So they were protesting against something they believed was wrong yet they were not called a violent militant mob of malcontents. Hypocrisy at it's best!


    And I'm sorry but how does saying he supports something make him a 'war criminal'? I mean really.

    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 11:30 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • The man has not even been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.

    I think everyone in the "violent mob of angry protesting domstic terrorists" should be arrested and tortured until they confess.......................................................................................................... ;p
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:40 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • So they were protesting against something they believed was wrong yet they were not called a violent militant mob of malcontents. Hypocrisy at it's best!

    Well, they didn't bring guns and babies dressed like hitler. Even you should be able to see the difference.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:10 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

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