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John Yoo, American Educator ( June 10, 1967 - )

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In light of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, critics are arguing that abuses of Iraqi prisoners are being produced by a climate of disregard for the laws of war.~John Yoo


War Light Prison

Under the Geneva Convention, for example, a POW is required only to provide name, rank, and serial number and cannot receive any benefits for cooperating.~John Yoo


Name Example For Example

Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.~John Yoo


Pain Conversation Go

Human-rights advocates, for example, claim that the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is of a piece with President Bush's 2002 decision to deny al Qaeda and Taliban fighters the legal status of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.~John Yoo


War Decision Legal

The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda.~John Yoo


War Deep Effort

It urges policy makers and the Supreme Court to make the mistake of curing what could prove to be an isolated problem by disarming the government of its principal weapon to stop future terrorist attacks.~John Yoo


Future Government Mistake

Punishing abuse in Iraq should not return the U.S. to Sept. 10, 2001, in the way it fights al Qaeda, while Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants remain at large and continue to plan attacks.~John Yoo


Plan Top Way

It is important to recognize the differences between the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. The treatment of those detained at Abu Ghraib is governed by the Geneva Conventions, which have been signed by both the U.S. and Iraq.~John Yoo


War Important Terrorism

President Bush and his commanders announced early in the conflict that the Conventions applied.~John Yoo


Conflict Early President

Nonetheless, Article 5 makes clear that if an Iraqi civilian who is not a member of the armed forces, has engaged in attacks on Coalition forces, the Geneva Convention permits the use of more coercive interrogation approaches to prevent future attacks.~John Yoo


Future Armed Forces Clear

That is because the conflict with al Qaeda is not governed by the Geneva Conventions, which applies only to international conflicts between states that have signed them.~John Yoo


Conflict Because Only

While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions, they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards of conduct for legal combatants: wearing uniforms, a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war.~John Yoo


War Lost Legal

This is not to condone torture, which is still prohibited by the Torture Convention and federal criminal law.~John Yoo


Law Torture Still

It has never demonstrated any desire to provide humane treatment to captured Americans. If anything, the murders of Nicholas Berg and Daniel Pearl declare al Qaeda's intentions to kill even innocent civilian prisoners.~John Yoo


Desire Innocent Never

Without territory, it does not even have the resources to provide detention facilities for prisoners, even if it were interested in holding captured POWs.~John Yoo


Without Resources

It is also worth asking whether the strict limitations of Geneva make sense in a war against terrorists.~John Yoo


War Limitations Worth

Al Qaeda operates by launching surprise attacks on civilian targets with the goal of massive casualties. Our only means for preventing future attacks, which could use WMDs, is by acquiring information that allows for pre-emptive action.~John Yoo


Future Goal Surprise

Once the attacks occur, as we learned on Sept. 11, it is too late. It makes little sense to deprive ourselves of an important, and legal, means to detect and prevent terrorist attacks while we are still in the middle of a fight to the death with al Qaeda.~John Yoo


Death Fight Legal

Applying different standards to al Qaeda does not abandon Geneva, but only recognizes that the U.S. faces a stateless enemy never contemplated by the Conventions.~John Yoo


Enemy Different Standards

We can guess that the unacceptable conduct of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib resulted in part from the dangerous state of affairs on the ground in a theater of war.~John Yoo


War Soldiers Dangerous

American soldiers had to guard prisoners on the inside while receiving mortar and weapons fire from the outside. Guantanamo is distant from any battlefield, making it far more secure.~John Yoo


Fire American Soldiers

A decision by the Supreme Court to subject Guantanamo to judicial review would eliminate these advantages.~John Yoo


Decision Review Court

The Justices are currently considering a case, argued last month, which seeks to extend the writ of habeas corpus to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo.~John Yoo


Month Last Guantanamo

If the Court were to extend its reach to the base, judges could begin managing conditions of confinement, interrogation methods, and the use of information.~John Yoo


Information Judges Reach