Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Torture and Academic Freedom

The controversy over John Yoo's professorship at UC-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) continues

The PBS News Hour aired a segment yesterday, available as mp3 audio, streaming video and transcript here.

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While it is true, Cal Berkeley would be justified in acting vis-a-vis Professor Yoo's continued tenured status if he is convicted of violating the US or international antitorture laws. But, I find it hard to believe that the University has somehow surrendered all power to investigate off-campus activities that would be the basis for a conviction of those laws if Professor Yoo would be, but hasn't been, indicted.

If, as now seems likely, the Obama DOJ won't indict Professor Yoo, it seems so stange that, for the University to act, it would take Professor Yoo's indictment and conviction in the courts of some other country willing to act on their obligation to enforce the international antitorture laws because our country refuses to do its duty.

Posted by: Mike Zimmer | Oct 22, 2009 4:03:00 PM

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