Ask Jack Bauer, Not the US Attorney General.January 16, 2009 at 9:53 am | Posted in Department of Justice, torture | Leave a comment
Tags: eric holder, john cornyn, torture, USAG
Thank you, Eric Holder, for recognizing that life and fictional TV programs are two entirely different things.
It is concerning that a United States senator (John Cornyn) has the two confused.
CORNYN: Well, of course, torture’s illegal under international treaties and under domestic laws, and I’ve heard people talk about torture in expansive ways, where things like sleep deprivation, other techniques that maybe you would employ as an alternative are considered torture to them as well. But under my hypothetical, if that were the only thing standing between you and deaths of tens of thousands of Americans, you would decline to use that interrogation technique in order to save those lives. Is that correct?
HOLDER: Again, I think your hypothetical assumes a premise that I’m not willing to concede.
“Waterboarding has been recognized as torture since the Spanish Inquisition …”