Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bush's Tortured Explanation of Torture

In this stand-off with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show last September, President Bush makes as good a case as he appears able to make for the various torture-related policies his administration has used against suspected members of Al-Qaeda ... and others. He repeatedly refuses to discuss "techniques," since that would allow "the enemy to adapt." And we need to take his word that all this has made us safer. Maybe it has. Maybe not. If we had the facts, we could judge. But ... that would allow the enemy to adapt. As I listened to the president, I kept wondering if "the enemy" includes anyone who questions his policies. Of the several versions of this video segment that appear on YouTube, this seems to have the best image and sound:

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