5.04.2009

4th-Grader Grills Rice on Torture

Poor Condie. It must suck being called on your bullshit excuse about authorizing torture by a 4th grader?! From the WaPo:

Days after telling students at Stanford University that waterboarding was legal 'by definition if it was authorized by the president,' former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was pressed again on the subject yesterday by a fourth-grader at a Washington school.
Now this his journalism:
Misha Lerner, a student from Bethesda, asked: What did Rice think about the things President Obama's administration was saying about the methods the Bush administration had used to get information from detainees?
The school forced Misha to change her question - they didn't want her using the word, torture:

Misha's mother, Inna Lerner, said the question her son had initially come up with was even tougher: "If you would work for Obama's administration, would you push for torture?"

"They wanted him to soften it and take out the word 'torture.' But the essence of it was the same," Lerner said.

Condie wants it's both ways, you see. It's legal. Therefore they did nothing wrong. AND, she hope you know they were only trying to protect the country. Reminds me about a cake and eating it:

"Let me just say that President Bush was very clear that he wanted to do everything he could to protect the country. After September 11, we wanted to protect the country," she said. "But he was also very clear that we would do nothing, nothing, that was against the law or against our obligations internationally. So the president was only willing to authorize policies that were legal in order to protect the country."

She added: "I hope you understand that it was a very difficult time. We were all so terrified of another attack on the country. September 11 was the worst day of my life in government, watching 3,000 Americans die. . . . Even under those most difficult circumstances, the president was not prepared to do something illegal, and I hope people understand that we were trying to protect the country."

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I can't wait until charges are brought against these motherfuckers.

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