from our recent past

Via Conor Friedersdorf, something I had never seen or heard about before: John Yoo acknowledging, in the course of a debate, that he thinks the legality of torturing innocent children might depend on presidential motive:

Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?

Yoo: No treaty…

Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…

Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.

Well, maybe Yoo was caught flat-footed. Anybody might say that… I guess.

Hard to keep in mind, sometimes, how far down the rabbit-hole we went with these guys in the Bush administration.

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