- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder Jr. says waterboarding is torture.

At his Senate confirmation on Thursday, Holder issued a clear answer to a question that two previous attorney generals have deftly avoided.

Holder unequivocally said the harsh interrogation tactic that has been used by the CIA is torture.

It is a clear break from the Bush administration, which has said that the U.S. does not torture but has stopped short of saying whether waterboarding is covered by that definition.

Waterboarding is an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

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