Bush on waterboarding. Why call reporters to the Oval Office to not answer their questiosn?
The president, signaling his concern, took the unusual step of summoning reporters to the Oval Office to complain about the holdup.
Bush said it was unfair to ask Mukasey about interrogation techniques about which he has not been briefed. "He doesn't know whether we use that technique or not," the president said during the session.
Further, Bush said, "It doesn't make any sense to tell an enemy what we're doing."
Bush urged swift approval of Mukasey, saying the U.S. needs an attorney general on the job to help with the fight against terrorism.
Without saying whether interrogators use waterboarding, Bush said, "The American people must know that whatever techniques we use are within the law."
Asked whether he considers waterboarding legal, Bush replied, "I'm not going to talk about techniques. There's an enemy out there."
Dear President Bush:
I am not the enemy. I am a citizen of the United States who wants to know whether my country tortures people. We know what waterboarding is. It's a form of torture dating to the Spanish Inquisition. Repressive regimes around the world have used it ever since.
Not only is torture morally reprehensible and dehumanizing, it's ineffective. It diminishes our status around the world.
No nation has ever reached a point where the people wake up and say, "Golly, if only we had tortured MORE people, none of this would have happened." Torture is the province of dictators, scared of their own people, and sadists who seek joy in the suffering of others.
This nation should not be ruled by either.
>On the question of Mukasey's confirmation, it doesn't matter whether the CIA uses waterboarding or not. Neither do the specifics of the techniques used by the CIA matter. Simulated drowning is torture. If Mukasey can't figure that out on his own, he doesn't deserve to be Attorney General.