This Just In: On the Waterboarding Question

By James F. Tierney

We wanted to post a brief follow-up on Harvey's argument about Michael Mukasey and whether waterboarding is torture (it is). MSNBC host Keith Olbermann explains that Mukasey's dissembling equivocation is a result of Bush's desire to cover his own legacy. Olbermann is right, and it does this while also serving the purpose noted by Harvey -- protecting an "advice of legal counsel" defense in the event of future prosecutions.

(Update, Nov. 12, 2007: this post has been edited from the original.)

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