The Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing this morning.
Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) questioned torture lawyer John Yoo. Yoo refused to answer whether or not the President has the authority to bury a suspect alive. He said he could not foresee a situation where he believed the President would order such a thing…which allows that a President does have that authority in Yoo’s mind.
CONYERS: Could the President order a suspect buried alive?
YOO: Mr. Chairman, I don’t think I’ve ever given advice that the President could order someone buried alive.
CONYERS: I didn’t ask you if you ever gave him advice. I asked you if you thought the President could order a suspect buried alive.
YOO: Well Chairman, my view right now is that I don’t think a President — no American President would ever have to order that or feel it necessary to order that.
CONYERS: I think we understand the games that are being played.
David Addington was just as evasive, but more dickish.