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UC Professor's Memo OKd Harsh CIA Methods

Publication Date: 
April 17, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Matthew B. Stannard

Senior Lecturer in Law Allen S. Weiner is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in a story about a memo written by John Yoo, who is now a UC Berkeley law professor, approving a list of controversial interrogation methods that the CIA wished to use to gain information from suspected terrorists:

Allen Weiner, a senior lecturer at Stanford Law School, formerly with the State Department, said he believes Yoo and other government lawyers have a mandate that rises above simple adherence to the law.

"If this is what they're telling me they're going to do, they're going to be pushing the envelope, and I should be erring on the side of caution rather than helping them get as close to the line as possible," he said.

Weiner, who called Yoo's conclusions "pretty shocking and disgusting," nevertheless said that "bad lawyering" did not merit being fired from a tenured position or criminal consequences.

Given that, Weiner said, the White House's decision to release the memos was all the more important.

"The most important thing that comes from this is ... a reminder to everybody who serves in government that this is a bad way to serve your client," he said. "This was conduct that is reprehensible to American values."