October 18, 2007

Ah, maybe now we see why Bush nominated him

TPMmuckraker | Talking Points Memo | Is Waterboarding Torture? Mukasey: Yes, if It's Torture: "Mukasey has firmly established that he's against torture -- yesterday he even compared it to the Holocaust. But what exactly does that mean? Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked Mukasey if he thought waterboarding was Constitutional. 'If waterboarding is torture... torture is not Constitutional,' he replied.

Whitehouse wasn't satisfied. 'That is a massive hedge.... It either is or it isn't.' Doesn't Mukasey have an opinion on whether waterboarding is torture? He went on to describe the technique, which involves using a wet rag to make the detainee feel like he's drowning. Mukasey replied with the same answer: 'If it amounts to torture, then it is not Constitutional.'"
Hmm. Quite a dodge. As long as Bush can continue to redefine torture, then this AG will go along with him.


But hey, the Republicans can hold their heads up high. They upheld Bush's veto of health insurance for poor kids!!!!
: "The final vote was 273 - 156, 16 votes short of the necessary 2/3 to override Bush’s veto. Democrats Jim Marshall and Gene Taylor crossing the aisle to vote against SCHIP and 44 Republicans voting for SCHIP (which is one less than the initial vote)."
Way to go, GOP. Way to stand up for....

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