Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama’s Presser: "Waterboarding is Torture"

Photo credits: CNN

I watched Obama’s full press conference this evening and was left wondering how anyone serving as president of the United States could declare unequivocally that waterboarding is torture without acknowledging that according to international law, the higher ups in the previous administration must be prosecuted.

The AP’s Jennifer Loven reports:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that waterboarding authorized by former President George W. Bush was torture, and the information gained from terror suspects through its use could have been obtained by other means.

"In some cases it may be harder," he conceded at a White House news conference marking a whirlwind first 100 days in office.

Obama also expressed optimism that Chrysler could remain a "going concern," possibly without filing for bankruptcy. He said "unions and creditors have come up with a set of potential concessions that they can live with," adding, "All that promises the possibility that you can get a Chrysler-Fiat merger."

The prime-time news conference was the third of Obama's presidency, and the first not dominated by the economy that has thrown millions of Americans out of work.

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