Questions John Yoo Will Not Be Asked on Oct. 7

Mr. T — and that stands for torture — is coming to town. John Yoo, Professor of Law at Boalt Law School, will appear at this Thursday’s St. Thomas Law School symposium on “Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion?” Also appearing are Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar, University of Minnesota Law Professor Heidi Kitrosser, Professor David Schultz (Hamline), and St. Continue Reading

Aug. 1-2 Fast Against Torture commemorates eight years since torture memos

August 1 is the eight-year anniversary of the John Yoo/Jay Bybee torture memos. Coincidentally, the statute of limitations applicable to the Federal Torture Statute is also eight years. While it could be extended if death resulted, if a continuing conspiracy is found, or if a little-known provision of the Patriot Act is invoked, this anniversary is nonetheless of particular significance. Continue Reading

Iraqi lawyer seeks asylum

I recently sent the following email to Dean Thomas Mengler of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The local Tackling Torture at the Top group has been protesting there for several years. Robert Delahunty, while in the Office of Legal Counsel, co-wrote several memos with John Yoo, some of which still remain secret.

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Vigil Against Torture Meets the First Amendment

While neither the news columns of the StarTribune nor the idiot box’s news shows ever mention the phrase, a small group of us are demanding accountability for torture. Virtually every weekday since Nov. 12, 2009, we have conducted a daily one-hour vigil in front of the U.S. Courthouse, otherwise known as the Federal Building, in Minneapolis. B. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, has his offices in that building. Regrettably, Mr. Jones has forgotten we are a nation of laws. Usually the vigil is only a single person, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and a black hood, with a sign and sometimes with leaflets. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Human Rights Day Demonstration, Thurs., Dec. 10, 11:00 – 1:00, U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis

We are running out of time. In 2002, the United States began an official policy of torture. It was “legalized,” authorized and ordered at the highest levels of our government. 
Torture and conspiracy to torture are federal crimes. 18 U.S.C. Secs. 2340 and 2340A is the federal statute that criminalizes torture. Continue Reading