Of course it was torture

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

04/20/09

On Thursday, the Obama administration released previously classified memos detailing interrogation techniques used against enemy prisoners. In the memos, Bush administration lawyers assured the CIA that waterboarding detainees and keeping them awake for a week or more was perfectly legal. Bush partisans insist that such methods aren’t torture, and that Obama has done grave harm to national security by revealing them. They’re wrong on both counts. Conservative legal analyst David Rivkin, one of Bush’s most reliable defenders, insists that ‘any fair-minded observer’ would conclude that the documents prove that ‘the Bush administration did not torture.’ But it’s hard to understand how anyone could call what the administration did by any other name. Rivkin’s assertion is on a par with left-wing diehards’ claim that President Clinton didn’t commit perjury...

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