Tortured Answers

George W. Bush has always wielded moral clarity as a weapon. Now Democrats are struggling to turn that weapon against him. Bush's nominee to be Attorney General, Judge Michael Mukasey, was a shoo-in until veteran Illinois Senator Dick Durbin asked him a deceptively simple question: Is waterboarding torture? Waterboarding, you may remember, is the practice of holding someone down and pouring water over his face until he thinks he's drowning. U.S. interrogators allegedly used some version of the technique on high-level terrorism suspects after 9/11. Current and former U.S. military leaders, human-rights organizations and prominent Republicans have no problem declaring it torture...

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