10 Senators Challenge Musakey on Waterboarding
Oct-23-07 11:19 pm
Senator Leahy with Mukasey before his Hearing
Photo--- Susan Etheridge for The New York Times
Over at Balkinization, Marty Lederman brings to our attention a letter signed by Senators Durbin, Leahy, Kennedy, Biden, Kohl, Feinstein, Feingold, Schumer, Cardin, and Whitehouse challenging Mukasey on his refusal to conclude that waterboarding is illegal. The senators write:
Unfortunately, I suspect Mukasey will again attempt to avoid directly answering the question. And why won't he? Marty suggests the reason:
As Marty explains, Mukasey noted at his hearing that
there are people who are using coercive techniques and who are being authorized to use coercive techniques, and for me to say something that is going to put their careers or freedom at risk simply because I want to be congenial—I don't think it would be responsible of me to do that.
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