- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009



In his May 25 Purple Nation column, “Second thoughts on Cheney indictment: Pardon him … and others, too” (Nation), Lanny Davis backed away from recommending an indictment of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Nevertheless, he still thinks waterboarding is torture, his claim being that the previous administration violated the law by authorizing conduct “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.”

This argument doesn’t compute. In fact, given all the precautions taken, such as the presence of doctors and the detailed guidelines for interrogations, the whole point of the process was to convince the victim that it was torture, even though the intent clearly was to avoid inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering. Where is the American Civil Liberties Union when you really need it?



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