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Indict John Yoo

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Date:
Friday, May 15, 2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
Curt
Location Details:
Hearst Greek Theatre
UC Berkeley

Berkeley Law Shelters a War Criminal

Many people recognize the name of John Yoo, but are surprised to hear that he retains a teaching position at the University of California Berkeley. Despite repudiation by peers, and rejection of his work at the Office of Legal Counsel by the same (Bush) regime that hired him to legalize the unconscionable, Yoo continues to be given credence as an authority on a variety of issues including, presumptively, Korean legal practice.

John Yoo represents a dangerous philosophy of exceptionalism, that American lives are worth more than other people's. We challenge his promotion to head the Korea Law Center and endowment of the Emanuel S. Heller Professorship. The latter outrage is being challenged by an online petition to rescind the appointment.

World Can't Wait and friends have been present at graduation every year since 2006, to denounce the presence of a torturer on the law school faculty, and the silence of UC from the top down. We urge you to join us this year to applaud the accomplishment of our new graduates, and to demand application of ethical standards administrators choose to ignore.

Berkeley Law Dean Sujit Choudhry has the opportunity to repudiate the "Unitary Executive" theory, espoused by his resident torture advocate, that legitimizes President Obama's worst over-reach: the immoral practice of targeted assassination. Choudry could use his new position to promote practice of law in the interests of humanity. Will he?

Join graduates, their families, Boalt Hall faculty, and hopefully the Dean -- this is his first Boalt Hall graduation at the helm -- in wearing an orange ribbon (we'll be handing them out to celebrants going inside) in solidarity with torture victims at Guantanamo and prisons everywhere.
Added to the calendar on Fri, May 8, 2015 12:55PM
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