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John Yoo Responds to IG Report -- Without Really Responding

In a Wall Street Journal Op-ed, Yoo accuses inspectors general of engaging in the "politics of recrimination." But he doesn't deny their accusations.

 Last week, the Inspectors General of five separate intelligence agencies released a congressionally-mandated report on the Bush administration’s post-9/11 surveillance programs. The report focuses much of its criticism on John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, who wrote “legal memos undergirding the policy.”

In the Wall Street Journal today, Yoo responded to the report, claiming that the inspectors general are ignoring history and are simply “responding to the media-stoked politics of recrimination.” But in his attack on the report, Yoo neither responded to the specific criticisms of his legal reasoning nor mentioned that he refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Instead, Yoo persisted in pushing the flaws in his legal argument, such as the claim that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act did not take war into consideration:

 

Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.
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