Watch this video of Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”, pronounced Col-bear Ree-poorh, as he takes comedic umbrage with the decision of the venerable newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer for its decision to hire John Yoo, the architect of the Bush administration’s torture policy, to write a monthly column.
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Yes, John Yoo. He is the man who justifies torture. During his 2001 to 2003 tenure in the Office of Legal Counsel as an assistant deputy attorney general, Yoo worked under Jay Bybee in the U.S. Department of Justice. It has bee widely reported Yoo was the author or co-author of the so-called torture memos. These memos provided the Bush White House with the legal advice, read that justification, to use enhanced interrogation techniques.
In one memo John Yoo says:
“The victim must experience intense pain or suffering of the kind that is equivalent to the pain that would be associated with serious physical injury, so severe that death, organ failure, or permanent damage resulting in a loss of significant body function will likely result.”
We agree with Colbert and a legion of other right thinking individuals including Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon who is spearheading an investigation of what is now known as “The Bush Six”. They are William J. Haynes II, then general counsel to the Department of Defense; Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, the chief of staff under former Vice President Dick Cheney and our favorite, former Attorney General Alberto “The Torturer” Gonzales. Sadly Dick Cheney former Vice President is not included.
Although these six could possibly face criminal charges in Spain
for enabling torture at Guantanamo and elsewher, (we suggest “The Bush Six” take Madrid off the European itinerary); we are not in favor of seeing them imprisoned or tried. We look forward to see them publicly humiliated, shamed and disgraced for their part in the devastation and disruption of lives around the world.