This administration’s denial of torture seemed to be over in September of 2006. President Bush revealed that the U. S. had used “alternative interrogation tactics” on some “high-value prisoners,” among them Khalid Sheik Muhammed. These tactics, among them waterboarding, were said by the President to be very helpful in producing information leading to the capture of senion members of Al-Qaeda.
The news, this past week, is not that Vice President Cheney agreed with his ND interviewer that waterboarding is a “no-brainer” in the above circumstances. The news, in view of the President’s open endorsement of such tactics in September, was Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary, insisting that the U.S. does not torture, and President GW Bush reverting to the script as before, that “We do not torture.”
We use waterboarding. The President himself has said we use waterboarding and similar alternative interrogation tactics. And, he says, “we do not torture.”
I wish that I thought he uses an imperial “we,” in that construction. He doesn’t. He means that all of us are endorsing tactics just as those in the video I linked to in the last post.