From Gonzales to Mukasey — Still Carrying Water for Bush on Torture
Posted by Arroyoribera on October 19, 2007
(Following is the October 18, 2007 congressional testimony of Michael B. Mukasey, the man President Bush has nominated to replace the disgraced and now-resigned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the chief law enforcement official in the United States).
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: “Is waterboarding constitutional?”
Michael Mukasey: “I don’t know what is involved in the technique. If waterboarding is torture, torture is not constitutional.”
Mr. Whitehouse: “If it’s torture? That’s a massive hedge. I mean, either it is or it isn’t. Waterboarding is the practice of putting somebody in a reclining position, strapping them down, putting cloth over their faces and pouring water over the cloth to simulate the feeling of drowning. Is that constitutional?”
Mr. Mukasey: “If it amounts to torture, it is not constitutional.”
Mr. Whitehouse: “I am very disappointed in that answer; I think it is purely semantic.”
Mr. Mukasey: “I’m sorry.”
US Military Training video on Waterboarding (WARNING — the scenes of torture which follow may be very disturbing to some).
Watch C-SPAN 3 video of Whitehouse/Mukasey exchange