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Headline: CIA Director Says Waterboarding Was Necessary

CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress that waterboarding was necessary, but probably not legal under the current statute, on Thursday. Hayden confirmed that the technique of simulated drowning is not currently part of the CIA's interrogation program, but was used five years ago on three top al-Qaeda suspects.

On the same day, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey told lawmakers he would not open a criminal investigation into the CIA's use of waterboarding. He maintained that because the Justice Department authorized the program, it cannot prosecute someone who followed that advice.

The US continues to face international ridicule for not rejecting waterboarding, the technique that entails strapping a suspect down and pouring water over his cloth-covered face to create the sensation of drowning. Just Wednesday, the United Nations' torture investigator harshly criticized the White House for defending waterboarding, calling it absolutely unacceptable under international human rights law.


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foxie foxie 9 years
America's use of torture has probably saved the lives of quite a number of people... people who will now be able to continue complaining about the use of torture against terrorists. What a pickle.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
I am so ashamed of my country right now. I am very anti-torture except in extreme cases, (read: cases where it can PREVENT tragedy). Once a crime has been committed, torturing someone isn't going to help matters. Two wrongs do not make a right, ever.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I'm glad you covered this story!! I was devastated the national media largely ignored the admission after so many denials. Sickening.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Anyone who supports torture must have such a hard-on when they watch '24'.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
j2e1n9 - I am waiting for a question about why there's an assumption that every black person obligated to vote for Barak or should they be? I certainly didn't. As yet have no plans to still thoroughly researching everyone who's still standing even fringe candidate except for Nadar. Watching CNN & FoxNews and they're saying some incredibly stupid things like "well there are a lot of black female voters there and they'll all vote for Barak." Oh really, where was that edict written? Cause I didn't get the memo. Walking down the street Wednesday some cabbie says to me "So your man Obama didn't win - ha ha!" Me: WTF makes you think I voted for him? Cabbie:'s Me: He's biracial moron. You should think before you speak - dumbazz. My nephews are biracial/multiracial (depends on how far you want to break it down)- one voted for Barak, the other did not. The youngest who cast his ballot for the very time time said "hey no one asked this mulatto who he voted for?"
Beanalby Beanalby 9 years
The good thing I see about this election is no matter which of the 3 current candidates win - McCain, Obama, or Clinton - we'll definitely be getting a very strong anti-torture president.
piper23 piper23 9 years
or The View. Either one of those would make me spill my guts.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I say just sit the bad guys in a room and make them watch "the simple life" reruns, they will talk.
piper23 piper23 9 years
What I'd really like is to read more articles about the clothes that the candidates are wearing. That's what concerns me most. :)
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Wack - I agree. Good point.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
piper - LOL :) I hear you. And I for one wont take your comments literally. Im still waiting on the poll asking us if we believe mixed races should feel obligated to vote for obama.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
wish they could practice these techniques on themseles first, such a pity i can't swear but the polite way of saying is how moronic and imbecilic and douchebaggish is it to say a procedure which might be illegal was necessary yeah I'm sure you got all the correct info on that one dumb you know what!!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
umm piper this is like the econd one on torture there have been many many other articles, not concerened with toture or Hillary, seriously people come on!
piper23 piper23 9 years
Yep, reading those, thanks.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Uhm.... Piper23, are you not reading the 71 articles on school shootings or the news roundups of the day or the 1800 other topics discussed on a daily basis here? Don't mean to sound like a schill, but that's a weird comment to make.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Uh huh. At least he said yeah its probably not legal but we did it anyway. He's got balls. Brass ones. And hopefully a good pension.
piper23 piper23 9 years
Ok, it's either torture articles or articles regarding if women should vote for Hillary. Variety, please!!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
As long as we're shitting on the Geneva Convention, maybe we should also get back to "creating the sensation" of having a suspect's genitals shocked with a car battery.
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