[THS] John Yoo Withdraws from Federalist Society Panel
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Wed Nov 11 17:22:15 CET 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Yoo Withdrew: Amidst Growing Call for Criminal Investigation, Torture Memos Author
John Yoo Withdraws from Federalist Society Panel
Amidst a growing call for a criminal investigation of the DOJ lawyers who authorized
torture, John Yoo, author of the most infamous of the torture memos withdrew as a
speaker at the conservative Federalist Society Convention where Alliance for Justice
and human rights supporters are scheduled to take action.
John Yoos withdrawal from the Federalist Society Convention shows that pressure is
building to hold accountable those who provided legal cover for torture, said Alliance
for Justice President Nan Aron.
Yoo was scheduled to speak on the panel, Professional Responsibility: The Role of
Government Attorneys and the Global War on Terror this Thursday, November 12.
Alliance for Justice is organizing human rights supporters to rally outside the
convention that day and call the Attorney General to ask for immediate release of the
report by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) on the Justice Department
lawyers who wrote the torture memos.
Yoos withdrawal comes after a top Bush administration Justice Department official,
Daniel Levin, publicly stated last week that he was not opposed to a criminal
investigation of his and his colleagues conduct in preparing and reviewing the
torture memos. Levin was the acting head of the DOJs Office of Legal Counsel in
2004-05, during which the OLC reviewed the legalities of the CIAs enhanced
Speaking publicly about this controversial issue for the first time, Mr. Levin said last
week at a conference featuring the Alliance for Justice film Tortured Law at American
Universitys Washington College of Law about professional ethics and the torture
I personally am not opposed to criminal investigation of the conduct of myself and
others during the period in question, because I think any government employee is
appropriately subject to investigation of their conduct while they are serving in the
(view clip here)
With the escalating call for accountability, it is no surprise that John Yoo wanted to
avoid a question about a criminal investigation during Thursdays panel.
A steady drumbeat of voices has been calling for accountability for those who
ordered, designed, and authorized torture. More than 10,000 people have signed
petitions from Alliance for Justice and CREDO Action to Attorney General Eric Holder,
urging the immediate release of the OPR report. And on the day that Yoo was
scheduled to speak to the Federalist Society, thousands of activists will pick up their
phones to call the Department of Justice to ask Attorney General Holder to authorize
a full investigation of the authors of the torture memos.
Posted by Alliance for Justice at 2:00 PM
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