UC Professor Brad DeLong says it’s time:
That Professor John Yoo could write "The Imperial President Abroad" in 2000 and the "Torture Memo" in 2003 demonstrates that he does not believe what he writes — at least not for any meaning of "believe" that any of us would recognize.
Academic freedom is a powerful and important principle. But I do not believe it provides a shield for weathervanes. I do not believe it sheilds those who whose work is not the grueling intellectual labor of the scholar and the scientist but instead hackwork that is crafted to be convenient and pleaasing to their political master of the day.
I am not an international law professor. I am not a moral philosophy professor. I am just an economics professor. I am aware that my conclusions may be wrong. It is the fact that my conclusions may be wrong that has led me to dither about this matter up till now.
But with the OPR report I see no choice: so I ask you, out of a concern for justice, a concern for humanity, and a conern for our reputation as a university, to dismiss Professor John Yoo from membership in our university.
Never much been one to support people getting fired for their political beliefs, but the guy was consigliere of a crime syndicate. It’s not the "criminalization of politics" as apologists would have it, it’s the "criminalization of crime."