27 Feb Yes, Virginia, Waterboarding Does Violate International Law
From TPM Muckraker:
[Y]ou may have despaired of ever seeing a clear, unequivocal exchange on the topic with a government official. Like this one from today’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, with Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency:
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) asked, “General, do you believe that waterboarding is consistent with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions?”
After pausing a moment to think, Maples replied, “No, sir, I don’t.”
“Do you think it’s humane?” Levin asked.
“No, sir, I think it would go beyond that bound.”
Now was that so difficult?