As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected "systematic killings" of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.
The New York Times picks the brain of John Yoo, who compares George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln and says "It was my job" to write the memos that sought to legalize torture. Yoo now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, of which he says: "I remind myself of West Berlin ... surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War." (continued)
Georgetown University law professor David Cole's new book, "The Torture Memos," investigates how key members of the U.S. Office of Legal Counsel rewrote the law to make torture legal.