January 15th, 2009
10:37 AM ET
14 years ago

Holder: Waterboarding is torture

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/15/art.holder1.cnn.jpg caption=" Holder said Wednesday Waterboarding is torture."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General designate Eric Holder said Thursday "waterboarding is torture" and a violation of the Geneva Conventions during his
confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Watch: Holder on waterboarding

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  1. DP

    Does anyone realize who is held at Guantanamo? The mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing has the possibility of going free if we shut down the prison. I cannot fathom that anyone would think someone who planned and bombed a US warship killing several of our service personnel thinks this person should go free. They do not deserve rights under our Constitution. They shouuld not be allowed on American soil. Where were the rules of engagement when the terrorist attacked us? This is war where people die, not some sporting event. The end result out is we will put a bullet in the head of the attackers rather than worrying about taking prisoners because killing on the battlefield is legal.

    At 1/20/13 – Can we move the boarder fence from Texas to SF first? Need to make sure the happy friendly people cannot get out into the regular population of angry disgruntled Americans.

    January 15, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Billy

    Amen, Mr. Holder.

    January 15, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. 24 is just a TV show people...

    I love watching Jack Bauer on the TV machine too, but you know it's just a TV show, right?

    Of course we're angry that Americans were killed in the 9/11 attacks, and of course the immediate EMOTIONAL reaction is to want to painfully torture anyone we think might be responsible. That was my reaction...

    Thankfully, even in the US calmer heads sometimes (eventually) prevail and we remember that to do so would not help, but rather hurt future efforts to protect our country and citizens.

    Listen to the military and interrogation experts... If we were in an "imminent attack" situation, and could avert it by pulling out some evil terrorists toenails – have at it! But it doesn't, and never has worked that way. There are other techniques that are more reliable and effective...

    I'm not against torture because I want to be "nice" to terrorists... I'm against it because it hurts my country 's ability to fight terrorists, and spits on this great nation we've fought for centuries to create and protect.

    January 15, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Caroline Kennedy for NYS Senate

    dave January 15th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

    Thank you for your very well thought out and excellent post

    January 15, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    If terrorists have no problem with blowing themselves up to kill others what makes kevin in OH think waterboarding would get them to talk. Waterboarding to terrorists is probably like doing the backstroke in a pool…

    January 15, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. arc, Lugano CH

    Obama Victim January 15th, 2009 10:43 am ET
    so what???……………………these scum deserve anything they get
    Many of the inmates at Guantanamo are in fact, not terrorists at all. But they are being detained for years and years while being tortured for information that they do not have.

    Until you are able to correctly identify those you so quickly categorize as 'scum' with such false empowerment, you, in fact, are the 'scum'.

    January 15, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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