John Yoo and the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is now a Professor of Law at Berkeley and the co-editor of the new book “Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security.”
Professor Yoo will be my guest on Tuesday’s program.
Professor Yoo is also the author of an op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, “Ten Years Without An Attack.” In it Yoo notes that the decade we have spent without a successor mass-casualty attack similar to 9/11 is of course thee result of the policies adopted by President Bush and largely continued –though often reluctantly– by President Obama. Yoo also goes on to note that despite the hysteria on the left,
[I]ndividual freedom emerged from the decade stronger than before. The government did not censor the media, sabotage political opposition or mobilize the economy. No dictatorship arose. As the Constitution intends, the executive, legislative and judicial branches freely used all of their powers to struggle for influence over national security policy. Five bitterly contested national elections (the true check on any abuse of power) switched control of the presidency once, the Senate once, and the House of Representatives twice. Meanwhile, new technologies and social networking have created an expanding space for political activity and organization unlike anything in our history.
The debate over enhanced interrogation techniques will no doubt continue for another decade and beyond, but the fact that America has not been attacked again is one of those decisive undeniables that will frame that debate and others forever.