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John Yoo Quotes and Sayings

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The Justices are currently considering a case,
argued last month, which seeks to extend the writ of
habeas corpus to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo.
- John Yoo

Congress's definition of torture in those laws -
the infliction of severe mental or physical pain -
leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.
- John Yoo

The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and
Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the
different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda.
- John Yoo

This is not to condone torture, which is still prohibited
by the Torture Convention and federal criminal law.
- John Yoo

 

We can guess that the unacceptable conduct of the soldiers
at Abu Ghraib resulted in part from the dangerous state
of affairs on the ground in a theater of war.
- John Yoo

It is also worth asking whether the strict limitations
of Geneva make sense in a war against terrorists.
- John Yoo

President Bush and his commanders announced early in
the conflict that the Conventions applied.
- John Yoo

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Without territory, it does not even have the resources
to provide detention facilities for prisoners,
even if it were interested in holding captured POWs.
- John Yoo

In light of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal,
critics are arguing that abuses of Iraqi prisoners
are being produced by a climate of disregard for the laws of war.
- John Yoo

That is because the conflict with al Qaeda is not governed
by the Geneva Conventions,
which applies only to international conflicts between
states that have signed them.
- John Yoo

American soldiers had to guard prisoners on the inside
while receiving mortar and weapons fire from the outside.
Guantanamo is distant from any battlefield,
making it far more secure.
- John Yoo

Under the Geneva Convention, for example,
a POW is required only to provide name,
rank, and serial number and cannot receive any benefits for cooperating.
- John Yoo

If the Court were to extend its reach to the base,
judges could begin managing conditions of confinement,
interrogation methods, and the use of information.
- John Yoo

Applying different standards to al Qaeda does not abandon Geneva,
but only recognizes that the U.S.
faces a stateless enemy never contemplated by the Conventions.
- John Yoo

A decision by the Supreme Court to subject Guantanamo
to judicial review would eliminate these advantages.
- John Yoo

While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions,
they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards
of conduct for legal combatants:
wearing uniforms,
a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war.
- John Yoo

It is important to recognize the differences between
the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism.
The treatment of those detained at Abu Ghraib is governed
by the Geneva Conventions,
which have been signed by both the U.S.
and Iraq.
- John Yoo

It urges policy makers and the Supreme Court to make
the mistake of curing what could prove to be an isolated
problem by disarming the government of its principal
weapon to stop future terrorist attacks.
- John Yoo

It has never demonstrated any desire to provide humane
treatment to captured Americans.
If anything, the murders of Nicholas Berg and Daniel
Pearl declare al Qaeda's intentions to kill even innocent civilian prisoners.
- John Yoo

Punishing abuse in Iraq should not return the U.S.
to Sept.
10, 2001, in the way it fights al Qaeda,
while Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants remain
at large and continue to plan attacks.
- John Yoo

Al Qaeda operates by launching surprise attacks on
civilian targets with the goal of massive casualties.
Our only means for preventing future attacks,
which could use WMDs, is by acquiring information that
allows for pre-emptive action.
- John Yoo

Nonetheless, Article 5 makes clear that if an Iraqi
civilian who is not a member of the armed forces,
has engaged in attacks on Coalition forces,
the Geneva Convention permits the use of more coercive
interrogation approaches to prevent future attacks.
- John Yoo

Human-rights advocates, for example,
claim that the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is of
a piece with President Bush's 2002 decision to deny
al Qaeda and Taliban fighters the legal status of prisoners
of war under the Geneva Conventions.
- John Yoo

Once the attacks occur, as we learned on Sept.
11, it is too late.
It makes little sense to deprive ourselves of an important,
and legal, means to detect and prevent terrorist attacks
while we are still in the middle of a fight to the death with al Qaeda.
- John Yoo

I think I present an overwhelming case that these five
justices were up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

I think the nine justices think the solicitor general is the 35th clerk.
- Elena Kagan

The justices have constitutionally protected obscenity in libraries,
filth over cable television, and now unlimited internet pornography.
- Phyllis Schlafly

This is the most historic moment in Supreme Court history in our lifetime,
no question about it.
These are justices who are going to serve for decades.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Our chief justices have probably had more profound
and lasting influence on their times and on the direction
of the nation than most presidents.
- Richard M. Nixon

I think that the justices were totally answering the way that they should.
I think that the senators, as best I could tell,
for the most part, Democrat and Republican,
respected that.
- Fred Thompson

Within the pages of The Betrayal of America I prove
that these justices were absolutely up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

We current justices read the Constitution in the only way that we can:
as 20th-century Americans.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

Justices are not politicians.
They don't run on a political platform,
and senators should not ask them to do so.
- John Cornyn

The papers reveal that in several key abortion cases,
justices were keenly interested in the perceived public
reaction to their rulings -
indicating that courts can be influenced by public sentiment.
- Lee Greenwood

There have been 111 Justices in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Only three have been women.
If she is confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan will bring
the Supreme Court to an historical high-water mark,
with three women concurrently serving as Justices.
- Patrick Leahy

It was OK for the media to pursue Former President
Clinton year after year for lying about a private,
consensual sexual affair, but we have five justices
who committed one of the biggest crimes in American History,
and it ceased to be a big story.
- Vincent Bugliosi

And I think within the pages of The Betrayal of America
I think I present an overwhelming case that these five
justices were up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

The traditional practice is that the justices don't
ask the attorney general any questions,
so as not to embarrass him.
But Bobby Kennedy had let them know that he didn't
mind if they asked him questions and they did.
- Harold H. Greene

A national legal organization is giving very serious
thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal
basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute
impeachment proceedings against these five justices.
- Vincent Bugliosi

In a recent decision of the Supreme Court,
not made, however, by the full court,
and concurred in by only four justices,
it was held that the seller of a patented mimeograph
could bind the purchaser to use only his ink in the machine,
though the ink was not patented.
- John Bates Clark

"Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism,
for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to
be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want.
It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in
which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or,
if it did, would generate voter backlash.
- Karl Rove

I owe a debt of gratitude to two other living Justices.
Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the
way for me and so many other women in my generation.
Their pioneering lives have created boundless possibilities for women in the law.
I thank them for their inspiration and also for the
personal kindnesses they have shown me.
- Elena Kagan

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha


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