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John Yoo Gets Punked by Comedian in Torture Pose

Posted Jul 24, 2009 12:33 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A comedian who interrupted the class of former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, now a visiting law professor at Chapman University law school, didn’t exactly appear to be a class clown.

Instead the comedian from the Australian TV show The Chaser’s War on Everything showed up in Yoo’s class dressed in a black hooded robe so as to resemble one of the Abu Ghraib detainee photos. The comedian was making a pointed reference to Yoo’s work on controversial Justice Department memos approving harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects.

Legal Blog Watch posted a video of the incident, described on the Wired blog Threat Level.

Standing on his chair and holding his arms outstretched, the comedian says, “Actually, professor, I’ve got one question. Uhm, how long can I be required to stand here till it counts as torture?”

Rather than answer, Yoo ended his class and apologized to the students. The comedian then talks again: “If this is awkward for you, it’s very uncomfortable for me, I can tell you. … I’d love to move but every time I do, my balls get buzzed.”

Watch the video here:


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