The medieval practice is illegal and morally indefensible.
Mukasey’s twisted arguments in defense of waterboarding only serve to further diminish America’s standing in the world.
And for what?
The effectiveness of torture in obtaining intelligence is questionable at best.
It produces false confessions and undercuts legal interrogation and intelligence gathering techniques that actually work.
If anything, torture further inflames those who want to harm the United States. In other words, waterboarding could be causing more harm than good.
Mukasey tried to justify waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
But it’s impossible to make a convincing case, given that waterboarding has long been considered torture and violates international law and U.S. statutes.
A. It is their Viagra.