May 14, 2009

May 13, 2009 C-SPAN from the Judiciary Sub-committee torture hearings.

Heather: Sen. Lindsey Graham questioning David Luban. Every time Luban starts making a point that Graham disagrees with he cuts him off mid-sentence. I'm not sure what Graham was hoping to accomplish here other than showing he's capable of being a bully.

Our own Jon Perr has more on Lindsey Graham's bad day at the hearing: Lindsey Graham: Waterboarding Illegal, But It Works:

During his spirited defense today of the Bush administration's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tortured logic itself. Graham not only cited former CIA agent John Kiriakou's discredited account of waterboarding's success, he went on to claim "one of the reasons these techniques have survived for about 500 years is apparently they work." During the same hearings, he dropped jaws by concluding that the Bush White House "saw the law as a nicety we could not afford."

As to what those legal niceties require, Lindsey Graham of all people should know. Graham, after all, wasn't merely a military judge advocate general (JAG). Back in 2007, he insisted waterboarding violated the Geneva Conventions and other statutes.

Graham's now-forgotten certitude regarding U.S. law and American treaty commitments came during the October 2007 confirmations process for Attorney General Michael Mukasey. When Mukasey in his testimony and written answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to say whether waterboarding constituted torture by arguing "hypotheticals are different from real life," Senator Graham questioned whether he could support him.

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