John Yoo

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(lawyer, academic, war criminal, deep state functionary)
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BornJohn Choon Yoo
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materHarvard University, Yale Law School
Criminal status
At large as of August 2016
SpouseElsa Arnett
Criminal convictions
• Torture
• Cruel Inhumane and Degrading Treatment
Member ofAmerican Council on Germany/Young Leaders/1997, American Council on Germany/Young Leaders/1999, Hoover Institution/Fellows
The US lawyer whose name is now synonymous with the infamous "torture memo" which opened the door to legalising torture and lead to his conviction as a war criminal.

John Yoo is a US lawyer and deep state functionary who in 2002 authored a now infamous "torture memo" which lifted legal restrictions on the use of torture in USA.[1]

Support for torture

John Yoo's name has become synonymous with the infamous "torture memo" of August, 2002, which lifted legal restrictions on the use of torture in USA, claiming that the War Crimes Act of the Geneva Convention need not apply to 'enemy combatants'.[1] In 2012 he was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.[2] He was later granted immunity from prosecution in US courts in this regard.[3][4]

Unitary executive theory

Yoo has suggested that since the primary task of the President during a time of war is protecting U.S. citizens, the President has inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies, and plenary power to use force abroad.[5]


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John Yoo has been subject to opposition by students of UCB because of his war criminal status and support for torture.