John Yoo, Newspaper Columnist


UC Berkeley’s notorious torture professor John Yoo is now a regular newspaper columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Berkeley law school professor, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, published his first regular column over the weekend, and proceeded to attack President Obama — surprise, surprise. Yoo is upset that the president said he was considering appointing a new Supreme Court justice who can empathize with real people — instead of just viewing the law in the abstract. Hmm, Yoo is arguing against empathy. Again, why are we not surprised that the “legal scholar” who authorized torture in a series of infamous memos he wrote while working for the Bush Justice Department would be uncomfortable with the concept of empathy. Professor Yoo, we’ve been pretty sure for a while now that we had you figured out, but now we’re definitely sure: Waterboarding — good. Caring about people — bad. Got it.