Once the target of numerous protesters, “torture” memo author John Yoo doesn’t seem to attract them like he used to.
Yoo, who helped craft the legal authorization for waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, was bothered by only about eight protesters yesterday outside a Rotary Club meeting in San Mateo, Calif., the San Francisco Bay area’s Daily News reported. At a January speaking engagement at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., there were no protesters present, according to Main Justice’s Ryan J. Reilly.
But back in August, a group of protesters descended on University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in order to make it difficult for Yoo, a professor at the university, to make it to his first civil law class of the semester. Campus police arrested at least four people who didn’t vacate the law school building.
Although few in number, the protesters in San Mateo tried to compensate with costumes, including orange prison jumpsuits and a giant head resembling Yoo’s, according to the newspaper.
According to The Daily News: “Yoo joked that the event had been run so efficiently that the protesters showed up in prison garb ready to go to jail. But the people on the outside felt that Yoo should be the one in prison — for life.”
“We’re here because he’s a war criminal and should not be honored in any way,” Susan Harman told the newspaper.
Last month, it was reported that an upcoming report from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will clear Yoo of wrongdoing for the his role in writing the memos.