JJim1919 wrote:Lowndes wrote:Tave wrote:Esc wrote:He willingly and knowingly broke the law.
Which law would that be?
Yes, please state the law he broke.
He broke the Convention Against Torture, which was signed by the US, and ratified as law. The question is, of course, whether water boarding and the stress positions actually constitute torture. Nevertheless, as my previous post states, he would have to be found guilty in a criminal court before he could be ousted from berkeley.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nat ... ies_of_CAT
Just so we're clear, the Convention Against Torture is not enforceable against individuals. I'll repeat that. The Convention Against Torture is not enforceable against individuals. The Convention applies to states only. Now, he could potentially be found guilty for War Crimes under the Rome Statute, but that's another matter entirely.
Plus in the legal world, there really isn't an ethical issue so long as:
1) Yoo's analysis was independent, and
2) his legal analysis isn't completely out of whack.
Since Yoo's position has been consistent since before his tenure in the White House, and since whether or not his legal analysis is out of whack is a debatable point, I don't see much in the way of ethical sanctions by the ABA.