UC Law Professor John Yoo on Changing The Rules of War

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John Yoo, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, speaks on the Bush presidency and the constitutional powers of war at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on Feb. 22, 2006. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

New military technologies such as drones, cyber weapons and autonomous robots are transforming the way the U.S. goes to war. UC Berkeley Professor of Law John Yoo says these weapons are more precise, cause less destruction and can make the world a safer place. But Yoo, co-author of "Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change The Rules for War," argues that legal changes should come with these technologies, such as reconsidering whether civilian infrastructure can be targeted. Forum talks with Yoo about the book, the changing rules of war and his "torture memos," which argued that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques might be legal.


John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller professor of law, UC Berkeley School of Law; co-author, “Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.”'