London Independent, November 1, 2007
By Leonard Doyle in Washington
When the US military trains soldiers to resist interrogation, it uses a torture technique from the Middle Ages, known as “waterboarding”. Its use on terror suspects in secret US prisons around the world has come to symbolise the Bush administration’s no-nonsense enthusiasm for the harshest questioning techniques.
Although waterboarding has been considered torture for over a century and the US military is banned from using it, controversy over its continuing use by the CIA may be about to derail the appointment of President Bush’s candidate for US Attorney-General.
Michael Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York and a veteran of several al-Qa’ida trials, was questioned by a Senate committee on Tuesday and refused to say whether waterboarding was illegal.