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May 17, 2008

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I think there is an additional layer of concern here. As an academic, I can see many weaknesses in the tenure process and freedom of speech/marketplace of ideas ideal in the University, but I believe that when we start threatening to fire people due to their ideas - no matter how much I might disagree with those ideas - it frightens me. I remember the concern post 9/11 about those faculty-members who were voicing concern against war possibilities. Although Yoo is on the other side of the political fence, threats to his job due to his political opinions and statements open a can of worms that can come back to bite others later. I think the standard of demanding a crime be committed is a safety measure I can appreciate.

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