Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Under Some Murky Water

Attorney General Michael Mukasey can't say whether waterboarding constitutes torture, because "Any answer I give could have the effect of articulating publicly -- and to our adversaries -- the limits and contours of generally worded laws that define the limits of a highly classified interrogation program." However, he did say that waterboarding is not currently being used by the CIA to interrogate suspected al Qaeda members.

OK, let me get this straight. We would be tipping off the enemy and breaching security if we got a legal opinion from the Attorney General about the lawfulness of waterboarding. But publicly stating whether or not we're actually using waterboarding -- now that's just fine.

There really seems to be no limit to the duplicity of the administration.

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