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Profile: John Yoo


Positions that John Yoo has held:

  • Attorney at US Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel




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John Yoo actively participated in the following events:


January 9, 2002      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       John Yoo of the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel coauthors a 42-page memo with another DOJ lawyer, Robert J. Delahunty, concluding that neither the Geneva Conventions nor any other set of laws regarding the conduct of war should be applied to the war in Afghanistan. The memo, entitled, “Application of treaties and laws to Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees,” is sent to William Haynes, the Pentagon's general counsel. Lawyers from the Army Judge Advocate General's office and the State Department are not consulted. When the State Department's lawyers read the memo, they are “horrified.” [Newsweek, 5/24/2004; New York Times, 5/21/2004 Sources: DOJ Memo, Application of Treaties and Laws to al Qaeda and Taliban Detainees, June 9, 2002]
People and organizations involved: John Yoo, Robert J. Delahunty, William A. Haynes

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