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Waterboarding

Congress probably won’t consider Michael Mukasey’s appointment as attorney general until he expresses his opinion on the legality of waterboarding.

Maybe he’s unaware that our courts have already defined it as unlawful. According to the Washington Post (Oct. 5, 2006, article in Section A, by Walter Pincus), the United States convicted a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, of war crimes in 1947 for waterboarding a U.S. civilian and imprisoned him for 15 years.

Mr. Mukasey might have his best shot, then, by telling Congress, “waterboarding an American is a war crime, but if we do it to someone else, it’s enhanced interrogation.”



Jeff Kane

Nevada City


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