Friday, August 01, 2014

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

By JOSH GERSTEIN | Updated: 8/1/14 5:32 PM EDT, Politico.com

President Barack Obama couldn’t have been more blunt in acknowledging that the U.S. crossed a moral line in its treatment of war-on-terror prisoners.

“We tortured some folks,” Obama said during a White House news conference Friday. “Any fair-minded person would call it torture.”

While the president has used the word “torture” before, it was the most explicit he’s been on the point since taking office. His remarks were also a clear sign of support for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s effort to chronicle and analyze the use of waterboarding and other methods the Bush administration dubbed “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Many civil liberties and human rights groups were jittery that Obama would seek a middle ground between the Senate investigators on one hand and former CIA personnel and Bush administration officials who’ve sought to defend the CIA’s efforts by picking apart the Senate report.

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