Yoo is a lawyer: he clerked for Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and is now a law professor at Berkeley. But from 2001 to 2003, Yoo was Deputy Assistant Attorney General, at the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel. And in that role, Yoo authored some of the so-called "torture memos" (others here), including legal opinions on the scope of permissible interrogation of Git'mo detainees.
Lefties reject Yoo's reasoning and conclusions. So some are showing their tolerance by publishing his address and stalking him. And they're being encouraged by a May 28th article in the Berkeley Daily Planet:
Neighborhood Alert: Berkeley Home to Possible War Criminal . . .Zombie posted some pics of the first protest, including trespassing to write graffiti on Yoo's driveway.
Last week the Grizzly Peak neighbors of John Yoo received a "Neighborhood Alert" regarding Professor Yoo, in the form of a flyer letting them know he lives among them and providing information about his crimes, namely providing unethical and shoddy legal advice and cover to Bybee, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc. . .
Unlike a sexual predator or burglar, Mr. Yoo is a criminal whom the police are not likely to point out to Berkeley citizens, though his crimes are horrific. Why am I calling him a criminal when he hasn’t (yet) been prosecuted? . .
I question the acceptability of sheltering a war criminal in Berkeley. I don’t feel safe living in the vicinity of someone who believes torture is legal. . .
[T]here is a growing group of Berkeley citizens who are standing in witness in front of Yoo’s house on a weekly basis, starting this Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Join this group on Grizzly Peak for an hour or so. If there’s any justice in this world John Yoo is going to have problems living a normal life now, unless he apologizes to us all.
The Daily Planet article's author, law firm librarian Cynthia Papermaster, is an activist in Code Pink and the now-moot National Impeachment Network. She calls herself "a Pacifist. I don't believe in killing as a way to solve conflict." Apparently, however, harassment and the presumption of guilt are ok.
As I've observed, "Tolerance is a lighter yoke when one excludes adversaries from the start--and tolerate only those with whom one already agrees." Progressives in Berkeley promote firing and banishment. That's too wimpy for Berkeley pacifists--they've "moved-on" to menace.
Next up--blaming the position taken in an Obama Administration legal brief on the religion of one Department of Justice lawyer; and a San Francisco judge sets his sights on Yoo.