Sexy AG Designate Does Not Care For Waterboarding
Oh hey look at that, it appears our next Attorney General is not some bilious torture-fetishist sack of ooze! In his testimony before the Senate today, Eric Holder gave answers so unequivocally Soft on Terror that even the most unrepentant liberal of all, Senator Patrick Leahy of the gay marriage state of Vermont, approved.
Addressing the subject of torture at the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Holder told Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the committee chairman, “Waterboarding is torture.” It was so defined under the Spanish Inquisition and when used by the Japanese in World War II, he said, and it remains so today.
[...] Asked whether a president might have the power to immunize people against criminal charges if they employ waterboarding, which creates a drowning-like sensation, to obtain intelligence to use against terrorists, Mr. Holder answered unambiguously: “Mr. Chairman, no one is above the law.”
Holy moly, it is been so long since we've had an AG who wasn't a tit-covering prude, a duplicitous and blundering weasel, or some guy named "Mukasey" that this straightforward sort of commentary is hard to interpret. Good thing Holder's got that Marc Rich pardon problem, or else he would be TOO AWESOME TO EXIST.
Holder Tells Senators Waterboarding Is Torture [New York Times]