No need to repeat prior thoughts (here and here) on the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to be Attorney General; those thoughts still hold. But as the Mukasey nomination heads for the full Senate floor -- having cleared committee thanks to the tipping factor of "aye" votes cast by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) -- it seems a good time to sample others' comments on the nomination and on waterboarding, the interrogation tactic that the nominee's declined to call illegal.
"Self-Inflicted Wounds," an op-ed by former Bush and Clinton Administration officials Alberto Mora and John Shattuck
"Poll results: Waterboarding is torture"
"French Journalist Henri Alleg Describes His Torture Being Waterboarded by French Forces During Algerian War" (video of that televised interview here)
Post scriptum: Realize that the title of this post may make one wince. Yet it's apt, and that in itself is worth thinking about.