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The Recorder and Callaw published an article describing an invasion by protesters of a class conducted by professor John Yoo ["Protest targets author of torture memo," Oct. 26]. The headline refers to a “torture memo.” What “torture memo” were you referring to? The only memo mentioned in the article was one that stated that al-Qaida prisoners were not protected by the Geneva Convention. Of course there are those in the media who are spinning that as a “torture memo,” but isn’t a newspaper supposed to report facts rather than spin? One also has to wonder why the reporter who interviewed the protesters didn’t ask them whether they were also protesting when the Fallujah torture chambers were discovered, or when terrorists were beheading civilians, or blowing up children, or using a Down’s Syndrome child as a suicide bomber. Did he not believe that this would be a pertinent question, or did it simply not occur to him to ask. It’s also surprising that this protest was even covered in The Recorder. After all, a few people disrupting a class in Berkeley to engage in a bit of street theater would seem to fall pretty low on the legal news food chain. But what was utterly amazing was that your reporter apparently just happened to be in professor Yoo’s class as the protesters disrupted it, and that The Recorder just happened to have a photographer right outside the building. Maybe it was all on the up and up, but put it all together and some cynic might think the whole thing was a bit fishy. Allan Yannow San Francisco You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at (415) 749-5549; or at [email protected].

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