Thursday, February 07, 2008

Is It a War Crime Yet?

Jack Balkin has an important question for John McCain.
The White House has now admitted that the United States has waterboarded, that President Bush believes the practice is not torture, and that it violates neither the anti-torture statute, the McCain Amendment (which you sponsored) nor the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (which you voted for).

Will you condemn the White House for its latest admission? Will you say to the President what you said to Rudy Giuliani back in October?
"All I can say is that it was used in the Spanish Inquisition, it was used in Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia, and there are reports that it is being used against Buddhist monks today," Mr. McCain, who spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, said in a telephone interview.

Of presidential candidates like Mr. Giuliani, who say that they are unsure whether waterboarding is torture, Mr. McCain said: "They should know what it is. It is not a complicated procedure. It is torture."
And if that is so, Senator McCain, do you agree that the Administration is subject to criminal liability under the torture statute and the War Crimes statute? Do you agree that the United States, under the leadership of George W. Bush, has committed war crimes and has stated that it sees no obstacle to doing so again?
And from the Toronto Star, "The alarming consequences of two John McCains."

1 comment:

MT said...

The CIA probably held focus groups to decide how many instances of waterboarding the government could admit to without giving the impression that there exists any kind of policy with regard to waterboarding, and so we have the 3 individual instances, each a special case, which do not amount to a policy, unless it's the ticking time bomb policy, to which who could possibly object? Nobody running for president.