We drove by some of these folks at mid-day today on our way to grandma's: Protestors at Boalt Hall Graduation - from SF Gate: Multimedia (image).
Boalt Hall is the law school of the University of California at Berkeley, one of the best in the nation. Many of us in the community (and it seems, at Berkeley itself) are horrified that John Yoo, author of the torture memo that enabled Bush & company to flout American values, is still teaching at Cal. I'm glad to see somebody making a public stink about it.
The picture I linked to shows Dean Christopher Edley - read his response to John Yoo here. Essentially Edley says that what Yoo did isn't very ethical but he can't really do anything about it.
Professor Brad DeLong hosts a running discussion about John Yoo and the torture memo, including many learned critiques of Dean Edley's memo.
I think these arguments have merit, and I don't want to let my condemnation stand. The people arguing about this are doing so because they care about the rule of law. They don't want to turn into a mob with pitchforks. I commend them. End update.
Fascism overtakes countries not only through tanks and soldiers, but through social intimidation and the acquiescence of "nice" people who just don't want to rock the boat.