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War counsel

Conservative legal scholar John Yoo, whose memos helped shape White House policy, says the framers gave the president all the war powers of a king

POWER HITTER. John Yoo, a professor of law at UC Berkeley, served in the Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003, giving advice to the president and the Department of Justice on matters ranging from war powers to the legal definition of torture.
POWER HITTER. John Yoo, a professor of law at UC Berkeley, served in the Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003, giving advice to the president and the Department of Justice on matters ranging from war powers to the legal definition of torture. (Karen Ballard / The LA Times) Karen Ballard / The LA Times
By Christopher Shea
October 23, 2005

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IN JOHN YOO'S world, President Bush didn't need to ask Congress for permission to invade Iraq. And if the special forces captured a terrorist suspect who might know of an upcoming attack on the New York subway, Bush could order him placed on a torture rack-regardless of treaties the US has signed or whether Congress had passed laws banning torture. (Full article: 1260 words)

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