Newsweekâ€™s Michael Isikoff highlights an exchange in the Office of Professional Responsibility report released Friday night between an OPR investigator and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, principal author of a 2002 Office of Legal Counsel memo authorizing harsh interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects.
Pressed to explain his expansive view of executive power, the OPR investigator asked, according to a partial transcript:
“What about ordering a village of resistants to be massacred? … Is that a power that the president could legallyâ€””
“Yeah,” Yoo replied. “Although, let me say this: So, certainly, that would fall within the commander-in-chiefâ€™s power over tactical decisions.”
“To order a village of civilians to be [exterminated]?” the OPR investigator asked again.
“Sure,” Yoo answered.
Read Isikoffâ€™s report here.
Mary Jacoby must never have heard of Dresden, Nagasaki or Hiroshima. Yoo is correct. Suggest you read some history.