The Debate

Table used for waterboarding by the Khmer Rouge

Table used for water boarding used by the Khmer Rouge.

“Waterboarding is mock execution by drowning.”

“A mock execution is a paradigmatic form of psychological torture.”

“I don’t think anyone thinks that when an official like Bush or Cheney, Rumsfeld or Tenet commits serious violations of law by ordering the criminal act of torture, that simply because they were a senior official, they should be exempted.”

“The preferred model would be for Obama to live up to his obligation as prosecutor-in -chief and to authorize Attorney General Eric Holder to pursue these investigations. If that doesn’t work, the only real alternative is for other governments to prosecute under their power of universal jurisdiction.

“This is what Spain tried to do, and the Obama administration stepped in and stopped them.”
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, July 12, 2011

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