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Tortured logic

Posted: July 2, 2009 7:02 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
It was clear to me that Democratic Voices' Diana Shaw was a lawyer long before I came to that disclosure at the end of her opinion piece on legal ethics ("The tortured logic of John Yoo," The Signal, June 16).

She notes that if an attorney prevails with "outer-limit arguments" during an adversarial conflict, "then good for you," but if a legal argument is constructed that allows Kalil Sheik Mohammed, the architect of nearly 3,000 American deaths at the World Trade Center, to be water-boarded for the purpose of saving additional American lives, then she gets really "steamed."

Try as I may, I cannot see the "tortured logic" in that and can't help but conclude that Shaw's ethics have as little regard for the legions of innocents who fall before her compatriots' outer-limits arguments as she has for John Yoo, who rendered an opinion about inflicting temporary harm upon a vicious and dangerous enemy of the American people.

Perhaps she really feels that we all need to be forever diligent against out-of-power Bush Administration functionaries who, "at the least" offended "California's ethical boundaries" by acting "recklessly."

But then, what about the still-in-power Democratic legislators who not only like John Yoo's opinion, but want to know if more could be done?

The commentary looked to me like pure, politically inspired grandstanding and there is far too much of that coming at us from both of the major political parties.


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