Skip to content

Mr. Torture Memo has a sense of humor!

Who knew that John Yoo — the Dept. of Justice lawyer who wrote the infamous memos that claimed that Dubya was legally entitled to ignore laws prohibiting torture — has a sense of humor. In an interview in the NY Times, Yoo gets off some surprisingly funny self-deprecating lines:

NYT: Were you close to George Bush?
Yoo: No, I’ve never met him. I don’t know Cheney either. I have not gone hunting with him, which is probably a good thing for me.

NYT: So you’re saying you were just one notch above an intern, you and Monica Lewinsky?
Yoo: She was much closer to the president than I ever was.

NYT: You were born in South Korea and grew up in and around Philadelphia, the son of two doctors. What sort of doctors?
Yoo: Psychiatrists.

NYT: What effect did that have on you?
Yoo: I hope none.

NYT: A psychiatrist might say you are in denial.
Yoo: I deny that I am in denial.


One Comment

  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Just finished reading “The Dark Side” by Jane Mayer. John Yoo is on nearly every page alone with David Addington. For those who wondered what happened to this country, you will be glued to this book.

    Friday, January 8, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink