Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Waterboarding roundup

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.
Check out:
"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.


Stephanie Farrior said...

See too "The View From the Waterboard: A former Justice lawyer did his homework -- and raised a red flag," a Nov. 6 Washington Post editorial regarding a Bush Administration official's conclusion that waterboarding in torture -- after having been exposed to it himself. Noting that the official's position led to him being "forced out" of his job, the Post concludes: "If Mr. Mukasey is confirmed, as we believe he should be, the eradication of this kind of disregard for principle and law should be his first priority." The whole editorial's available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/05/AR2007110501681_pf.html.

Diane Marie Amann said...

See, too, "The "water cure": on the history of water boarding," Legal History Blog excerpt on item on same by William Loren Katz, at http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/water-cure-on-history-of-water-boarding.html.