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John Yoo: A President Can Nuke the United States


By David Swanson

I had the opportunity to ask war lawyer John Yoo a couple of questions on Friday.  The situation was not ideal, with someone else holding the microphone and deferring to the witness, and other people heckling, and other people shouting at the hecklers.  Nonetheless . . .

I gave Yoo every opportunity I could to place a limit on presidential power.  Can a president shoot missiles in the United States?  Can a president drop nukes in the United States?  Yoo refused to concede any limits.

Yoo used the example of shooting down one of the airplanes on 9-11 to assert that a president could indeed use drones to shoot missiles at suspected enemies within the United States, assuming of course that the president proclaims it to be "wartime." 

So, can a president drop nukes in the United States?  Yoo refused to deny a president even that power.  He chose to respond by focusing on the example of Hiroshima, arguing for Truman's rightful power to do what he did, but my question had involved dropping nukes in the United States, and Yoo's answer made clear that he acknowledged no limitation on that power.  Watch the video below. 

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It seems there are no laws, international, treaties, national, constitutional issues involved when American War criminals, and Presidents argue for American fascist foreign policies. The Nazis, fascists who were hung by the neck, for war crimes, might come back, in another country to remind the DUPLICITOUS FASCIST ARSES, LIKE YOO, THAT THERE ARE NO NUREMBERG PRINCIPLES IN PLAY, WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICAN EMPIRE.....SIEG HEIL YOO, SIEG HEIL OBAMA, SIEG HEIL BUSH, SIEG HEIL CRIMINAL IMPERIAL, CLASS ELITES.

I am the son, 60 years old, of my mother, who was 16 years old when Hitler came to power in 1933 and is still alive, today. While my father, an American military, clueless nationalist, who fought in Korea and Vietnam, encouraging my Mother's class nationalism, the generic link to all Western class and imperial alliances, neither my mother, German, nor my father, American, had a clue what constituted criminal aggression, criminal war crimes, whether German nationalists, or American liberal or conservative cheerleaders for fascist, criminal foreign policies. Obama is clueless, Bush is clueless, and all Western, imperial class nationalism, Nato alliances, have participated in the same criminal War crimes, criminal wars of aggression, making them just as complicit, criminal as the Nazis.

My father, second father, and I have two fathers, who participated in criminal wars of aggresion, Korea and Vietnam, are similar in their ignorance, my first father who died in Korea, and my second Father who almost died in Vietnam......thinks he has done a good service in both KOREA AND VIETNAM....yet is still clueless about the history of both KOREAN/VIETNAM'S IMPERIAL HISOTRY..........Like most Americans and Western complicit imperial, criminal, class apologists.

> Perfect1< not sure i can wrap my head around the handle but for sure you have a handle on the Imperial Hegemony of the USA. You have a certain perspicuity on these critical matters, that needs to be illustrated.
i am a Viet Nam disabled Veteran, and i can tell you the sense of shame is as much apart of PTSD as being wounded and surviving the rice paddies of Perdition.

Darwin26

Peace and Justice Forums - Billings, MT co- producer
IWW International Workers of the World the One Big Union
Veterans for Peace, (disabled Infantry Veteran, WIA Viet Nam '67 - '68).
National Accountability Action Network
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What a coincidence! Stunning coincidence that Yoo used the example of shooting down one of the airplanes on 9-11 to assert that a president could indeed use drones to shoot missiles at suspected enemies within the United States, assuming of course that the president proclaims it to be "wartime."

Of course, according to the president, it would have to be "wartime." Would that "wartime" have to have been declared by Congress?

Otherwise, did Rummy drop the dime on the administration, about Shanksville?

After all, then Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta testified before the 911 Commission about Cheney's testy behavior when his orders about Flight 77 were questioned.

Or the report of Hamdan's prosecutor, Timothy Stone, a Navy officer, who remarked in his opening remarks to other Naval officers serving on Hamdan's jury: "If they hadn't shot down the fourth plane it would've hit the dome," - the Capitol dome, that is...

Testy behavior certainly isn't criminal or even suspicious, though sometimes folks get testy when they are striving to accomplish something, like a coup (who wouldn't be nervous?), and there seems to be an obstacle.

What a teaser, that John Yoo is!  And just when, exactly, did he join OLC/DOJ?

 

This treasonous waste of oxygen John Yoo heard the charges against him yesterday. The police guarding him are enemies of the constitution and people as well. Chris Dorsey, Justice Enforcement League

The last picture in the Picture Album of the old 'battle axe' sandwiched between Justice Denied and Justice Applied is priceless.

Thank you for putting these great videos up.

i had one question about the woman in the sweat shirt that says 'We Will not Be Silent', is that Col Ann Wright?

Darwin26

Peace and Justice Forums - Billings, MT co- producer
IWW International Workers of the World the One Big Union
Veterans for Peace, (disabled Infantry Veteran, WIA Viet Nam '67 - '68).
National Accountability Action Network
Public Citi

Col. Wright was wearing that black tee and white Veterans for Peace cap.

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