Friday, June 27, 2008

Who Says Congressional Hearings Aren't Funny?

They can be quite entertaining.

Take, for instance, this delightful skit that played out yesterday.

The person giving testimony is John Yoo. He used to work for the Attorney General of the United States, and his job was to give the Bush Administration legal advice. Yoo is most famous for helping us redefine "torture" and get around the Geneva Conventions.

Here, he is being questioned by John Conyers of Michigan, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Here's the game: Conyers tries to get Yoo to answer a straight question with a yes or no: Is there anything the President could NOT order to be done to a suspect in the interest of national defence? Are there any limits? Could he order someone to be buried alive?

Watch Yoo squirrel away from answering the question directly. It's very amusing. Of course, to find it amusing it helps if you can forget about the moral implications of torture, and suspend any aspirations of our country standing for justice and the rule of law, for being an example to the world of restraint and accountability, for adhering to our own Constitution - and, above all, not considering the fact that other nations might now feel even more free to torture our own soldiers.

So, forgetting all of that, have a giggle:


Kelly said...

Watching clips like this are almost painful. I want to snatch someone up and shake them!!

...and yes, it's humorous, too.

Pam said...

I agree with Kelly. Watching some of these hearings (which I frequently do) just makes me shake my head in amazement.

And, laugh.

quid said...


Morality (lack of).

It just left us after the 2000 election, did it not?


Donna said...

Incredible, isn't it?

Yeah, let's put the importance on "would" instead of "could."

As I've often said since the 2000 election, "It's good to be the King."

I could scream!