Duncan responds to Josh's question on the seventies. I went to elementary school in the late sixties and junior high and high school in the seventies. The threat of Nukes from the Soviet Union was real and we were constantly reminded about them. Russia was the bogeyman in the closet at night. Glenn Greenwald on Yoo: "Bush followers distort history to justify their radical changes" Arthur writes extensively on torture.
Remember this? Here's some audio by the very dangerous John Yoo. No, it is not a joke.
Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty
Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
Yoo actually fielded the question like someone asked him what flavor of ice cream he prefers. I was so stunned listening to his response to the question, I had to ask around to see if this was a valid Q&A.