Jordan’s King Abdullah II joined the ever-lengthening list of people saying that the United States tortured detainees in an interview to air on NBC Meet the Press. He joins a long list of Bush officials, the International Red Cross, countless NGOs and experts who have come forward in the last few weeks. I discussed this evidence last night on this segment of Hardball.
What is fascinating that that for the last six years I have been facing a long list of conservatives who have argued that waterboarding is not torture and these interrogations were perfectly legal. Now, shows tell me that none of these past professors and commentators are willing to go on and most are now saying that it was torture (but simply should not be prosecuted as Pat Buchanan says in last night’s interview).
In the NBC interview, King Abdullah states the obvious when asked about if the United States tortured detainees. He states that accounts indicate that “that is the case” and calls the CIA’s controversial interrogation techniques “illegal ways of dealing with detainees.”
With the growing consensus on torture and the expected release of additional pictures, the pressure is growing for an special prosecutor.
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