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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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Go get 'em Holder. I saw waterboarding and it didn't seem like a pleasant thing to me. I cannot understand why Bush & Cheney are saying it is not torture. Somebody should do it to them and see if they enjoy it.

    January 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Uncle S.A.M.

    Watch out Bush Administration. Indictment papers are coming soon.

    January 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Marc

    Of course it is. Suddenly, because some argued that it was necessary for the national security, the blatantly obvious became acceptable...

    January 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    The same Republicans who are posing these ridiculous questions about Holder's involvement in the Rich pardon are the ones who supported and/or said nothing about the unethical actions of Gonzo. Are you kidding me! This stinks of GOP political games. America cannot afford this sort of political play at a time of serious issues.

    January 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Obama Victim

    so what???........................these scum deserve anything they get

    January 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Maggie

    How does anyone not know this?

    Right.... Bush, Cheney, that bunch - they just don't get it. They became the people they were supposed to be chasing and dragged America down with it. They could have fought the bad guys and won without destroying everything America stood for.

    When will the trials for Bush and company start?

    January 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. boered1

    NO We cannot have truth spoken if we acknowledge the crimes we might be held responsible for them.. water boarding is not torture.. umm some of my friends and I do it on weekends for fun it is a test of our endurance and man hood yeah thats the story.....

    January 15, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. JNR

    Maybe we need to torture bad guys

    January 15, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Thanks to this incredibly naive point of view, many Americans will die as the alternative. Playing "nice" will not EVER work with terrorists. I wonder how long it will be before we overcome our outright stupidity in this country.

    January 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. MD

    What about Marc Rich?

    January 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Melissa

    Yes it is. How anyone can say that it isn't is beyond me. The people that do such a horrible thing need to be held accountable for their actions.

    January 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. demwit

    I feel safer already..

    January 15, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Darrel

    Thank God we finally have someone of integrity who is going to be AG. There is no excuse for torture. None. Ever.

    January 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. RH

    Well, of course it is.

    Comments such as those from Kevin in Ohio and JNR are depressing to say the least. America is truly morally bankrupt. Torture is never about security, it's about animosity.

    January 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. jaye

    Finally...someone who has intregrity and flat out says torture is NOT what the united states stands for.
    Torture is wrong...period!!!

    January 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Fredi

    for all you waterboarding fans out there – read http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/02/AR2007110201170.html
    quote: "After World War II, we convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American and Allied prisoners of war."
    "Leading members of Japan's military and government elite were charged, among their many other crimes, with torturing Allied military personnel and civilians. The principal proof upon which their torture convictions were based was conduct that we would now call waterboarding."
    According to the US standards after WWII Bush and Cheney might be eligible for the death penalty – but that's only if you live by your own standards, of course.

    January 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Tired of W, but not much longer...

    Waterboarding and other torture most often leads to bad information due to the fact that the subject will say ANYTHING to make the torturer stop. Picture this scenario: You are accused of terrorist activities, which you had no part of (yes, there are some false imprisonments). They continue this waterboarding, despite your pleas that you did nothing wrong. You are getting to the point of panic. Do you (A) continue to profess your innocence and endure countless more hours of torture? Or do you (B) make up any story in order to make the waterboarding stop? There is no choice (C) because your interrogators are already convinced that you have commited a crime.

    This has been proven to be counterproductive because the intelligence agency is more often chasing down false leads than finding the real terrorists.

    January 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. vic

    Holder has my vote!

    January 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Maggie

    Hey, Kevin, no one is saying to play nice with terrorists.

    There is a Geneva Convention, remember?

    Basically, we don't do bad things to prisoners because we don't want bad things happening to Americans who are taken prisoner. If we become the torturers, then there's NOTHING stopping the bad guys from doing the same to American military personnel and civilians taken prisoner. Sure, it's a pipe dream that bad guys won't torture, but at least we can nab them on war crimes and hang them. Oh, guess what - Bush, Cheney and company not only endorsed but supported torture! They must be guilty of war crimes.

    Follow the bouncing ball, Kevin.

    January 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Paul in SC

    No comparison to waterboarding and the terrorist shooting captives in the head, cutting off heads and posting and bragging about it to the world on the internet. I heard no outcry about that from the liberal or human rights idiots. Thank goodness for our president and our military that have kept us safe the last few years. God bless them!

    January 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. katiec

    It is not only water boarding but a combination of tortue tactics that
    have been administered . And, whether innocent or guilty, these
    detainees have not been charged with a crime. Why are we,
    the United States of America allowing this abuse, disregard
    for justice to continue?
    I most certainly do not support terrorists but are we not putting
    ourselves in this category with our actions?

    January 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Wait till the brilliant Obama has to reopen quantanimo bay prison after American is hit with another terroritst act. Water torture will be a cake walk to these radicals. But what can you expect from a president that has consumed cocaine, supports hamas radicals and middle name is Hussian.

    January 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. 1/20/13

    I think we need to treat terroists with the utmost respect and they shoul be given every right that we as american's enjoy. They are truly nice people just a little misunderstood. when they all get released by Obama my vote is to let them go in San Francisco they will fit in very nice with there imigration standards

    January 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Kelly

    So, Kevin in Ohio and JNR, you'd be OK with our troops being waterboarded if they are captured in battle?

    January 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Matt

    Finally. Someone who speaks truth. This must be making the GOPers very scared and angry.

    January 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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