This Shit Is Fucked

A popular Australian comedy show took the fight over the US’s torture program straight to John Yoo’s law class at the University of California-Berkeley. A performer from The Chaser’s War on Everything interrupted a lecture by John Yoo — the former Department of Justice lawyer who wrote many of the legal memos justifying the Bush administration’s torture program — by standing up on a desk dressed in “Abu Ghraib” fashion — a dark cloak and a black, pointed hood.

“Professor, I’ve got one question,” the comedian asked. “How long am I required to stand here until it counts as torture?”

When students suggested that the comedian leave, he replied: “I’d love to move but every time I do my balls get buzzed.”

“Unfortunately, I’m going to have to end the class,” Yoo said, gathering his papers and moving towards the exit.

Said Yoo to the comedian: “I’ll give you a certain amount of time to leave before I report [this] to security.”


  1. The students sided with the torturer (also implicit in the fact they are sitting his course!), oh goody can’t wait for the world those lawyers will bring into legal being, it really is only a matter of time before a national debate on extermination camps is provoked when the govt is discovered to be running some, all nice and legal of course. Reporters will go to the death camps and be embedded with Sonderkommando who explain the humane American Dream™ system that allowed them to earn the privilege and the other inmates suffer very little and after all if they were set free after what was done to them they’d be dangerous terrorists (oops, sorry that last argument is already being used for Gitmo).
  1. Security will come and get the comedian, not the torturer? Yeah have a nice long proud look at yourself in the mirror there security peeps, admirable!

3 Responses to “This Shit Is Fucked”

  1. Duder Says:

    This is not the first instance of performance protest in Yoo’s law class. In 2005 half a dozen undergraduates disrupted his class dressed as detainees and guards. One approached Yoo and handed out a dog collar leash, asking him to take responsibility. Yoo (shaken) responded in the same manner, as did much of his students.

  2. Jotman Says:

    Worse by far than any of the brain dead studentsYoo’s sorry excuse for a law-class is the Obama Justice Department’s resolve to accept Yoo’s memos as the criteria for lawful conduct, only investigating those CIA officers who are believed to have deviated from the standards set forth by Yoo.

    For example, water-boarding someone 85 times instead of just a couple times. Whereas Cheney and Bush broke the law, but Obama seems determined to interpret their transactions as having been lawful.

  3. ralfast Says:

    Beyond all belief.

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