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February 4, 2008
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey's waffling over whether waterboarding is torture has left the United States stumbling down one long slippery slope. The medieval practice is illegal and morally indefensible. Mukasey's twisted arguments in defense of waterboarding only serve to further diminish America's standing in the world. And for what? The effectiveness of torture in obtaining intelligence is questionable at best. It produces false confessions and undercuts legal interrogation and intelligence gathering techniques that actually work.
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March 11, 2008
President Bush doesn't believe that American civilians are also willing to sacrifice their lives to uphold the values that have served as the emblem of this nation for more than 230 years. If he did, he would know that millions of Americans who don't want to die in a repeat of 9/11 also don't want their country to torture people - even if it's in an attempt to stop a terrorist plot. These are people who grew up being taught that torture is un-American; that it's what happens to people in despotic nations - not in the land of the free.
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March 1, 2010
RE PATRICE Batysky's letter on Dick Cheney: I was reading the DN with my coffee and cereal and almost threw up! How soon you and too many other Americans have forgotten Sept. 11. If waterboarding or any other method gets answers or tips that save one innocent life, so be it. You write, "Yes, they're terrorists and most assuredly do not play by the rules. " Are you kidding? These terrorists would not only not think twice about blowing a plane out of the air with any American on board, but would love it. How soon you have forgotten the images of 9/11.
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November 6, 2007 | By Steve Goldstein INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Sen. Arlen Specter sought further assurances yesterday from attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey on his views about the interrogation tactic of waterboarding before a Senate Judiciary Committee vote today on the nomination. Specter (R., Pa.) spoke to Mukasey by telephone yesterday morning and, satisfied with what he had heard, said he intended to vote for the nominee. Mukasey is expected to win the approval of all nine Republicans on the committee and at least two Democrats, sending his nomination to the full Senate.
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February 18, 2008 | By Tim Rutten
If you're one of the people who couldn't quite follow all the steps in the intricate little folk dance the Bush administration performed around the torture issue recently, don't feel left out. Ostensibly, all the back-and-forth was about the legality of waterboarding, an ancient form of torture that involves threatening a captive with death by drowning until he tells you what you want to know. The Central Intelligence Agency now admits that, acting under orders from the White House in 2003 and 2004, it waterboarded three "high value" al-Qaeda prisoners.
NEWS
February 17, 2010
AFTER THE Spanish-American War, U.S. soldiers were court-martialed for waterboarding Filipino guerrillas. After World War II, the Tokyo War Crimes Trial was held to prosecute Japanese soldiers for using waterboarding on American and Allied soldiers. In 1983, in Texas, a sheriff and three deputies were prosecuted by the Department of Justice for waterboarding prisoners. The deputies received four years in prison, the sheriff 10 years. On Feb. 14, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney advocated the waterboarding of two suspects.
NEWS
February 22, 2010
RE PATRICE Batyski's letter "Cheney & War Crimes": Yes, Patricia, Cheney is held to a different standard. We are fighting an enemy without uniforms that attempts to blend in with innocent civilians. These combatants aren't part of a traditional national army, their only goal is to kill Americans. Waterboarding is a necessary and effective method to get the information we need to stay safe. Thanks to waterboarding, many plots have been foiled, one example being the plan to blow up bridges.
NEWS
February 6, 2008
Effective practice Medieval waterboarding may well have been bad ("Mukasey on waterboarding: No wiggle room," Feb. 4). Modern waterboarding is effective because of the feeling of panic that blows the self control of the prisoner. Not knowing what is happening - and whether safeguards are in place - are the keys to waterboarding's effectiveness. Anyone who seeks to reduce the (potential) panic of potential prisoners is doing the free world a disservice. That is why Attorney General Michael R. Mukasey and others cannot blurt out the truth.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
By David H. Rittgers The successful raid on Osama bin Laden's safe house in Pakistan has reinvigorated debate over the role "enhanced interrogation techniques" have played in fighting al-Qaeda. No one is switching sides, which has turned the argument into a theological one between two sets of true believers. Each views the other as heretics. The whole debate is pointless posturing. There is no way to prove or disprove that America's experiment with waterboarding and other coercive techniques was worthwhile.
NEWS
December 11, 2007
An administration that defends waterboarding isn't capable of conducting an honest investigation into why the CIA destroyed videotapes of the torture sessions. The Justice Department and the CIA started preliminary inquiries Saturday, but Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D., Del.) is right: A special counsel is needed to investigate this potential obstruction of justice. The Bush administration is only too relieved those tapes won't be showing up on YouTube. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey arrived after waterboarding was discontinued.
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March 29, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He would change very little. John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer and Philadelphia native who laid the legal groundwork for President George W. Bush's administration to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, told faculty and students at Drexel University law school Thursday that he had correctly interpreted the law. And that he would do it again. "I do stand by the line that we drew," Yoo said. Yoo came to the law school for an hour-long exchange with Harvey Rishikof, a former legal counsel to the FBI who teaches national security law at Drexel.
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March 28, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A DECADE later, America's post-9/11 descent into torture is still an open wound for many - as folks are finding out this week at Drexel University Law School. A Philadelphia lawyers' group is ripping the law school for hosting a talk this afternoon by John Yoo, the ex-Justice Department lawyer who crafted the legal justification for the Bush administration's use of waterboarding and other torture tactics on terrorism suspects. The National Lawyers Guild called Yoo's slated appearance "deplorable," adding that his legal advice had sparked "negative repercussions in American foreign relations that we are still dealing with a dozen years later.
NEWS
December 2, 2012
DOVER, Del. - The attorney for a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter said his client was in no hurry to go to trial. Lawyer Joe Hurley said he needed time to review materials provided by prosecutors and schedule a psychological exam for Melvin Morse. Hurley also said in court papers filed this week that the emotion and publicity surrounding Morse's August arrest should be allowed to subside. Hurley, who suggested a trial no sooner than April, also is seeking court approval for Morse to have supervised visits with his children.
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November 8, 2012
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment and assault. Melvin Morse entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday in Georgetown. Morse has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, a claim he denies. Morse was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment.
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September 7, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A Libyan man says he was waterboarded while in CIA custody in Afghanistan, a new allegation that challenges the long-standing claim by U.S. officials that just three people since the 9/11 terrorist attacks had been subjected to the simulated drowning technique many consider torture. The account by Mohammed Shoroeiya, who says he was detained in Pakistan in April 2003 and kept in American custody in Afghanistan through 2004, is part of a series of new claims included in a report by Human Rights Watch published Thursday.
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August 16, 2012 | By Randall Chase, Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - A pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his 11-year-old stepdaughter by "waterboarding" her, police said in court documents. The possible link between Melvin Morse's research and the waterboarding allegations was revealed in an affidavit for a search warrant for Morse's computers. The document was obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press. According to the affidavit, Morse brought the girl "to a possible near-death state from the simulation of drowning.
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August 13, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DOVER, DEL. - Delaware state officials have suspended the medical license of a pediatrician accused by his 11-year-old daughter of "waterboarding" her several times by holding her face under a running faucet. Dr. Melvin Morse, who has appeared on national TV for his research on near-death experiences, was arrested with his wife, Pauline, on Tuesday after their daughter complained to authorities about the alleged incidents. "Whatever's being described is not waterboarding," said Joe Hurley, attorney for the Morses.
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August 11, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware state officials yesterday suspended the license of an internationally-known pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter. Melvin Morse, 58, poses a "clear and immediate danger to the public health," declared a filing published on the website of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. Morse, who has written several best-sellers about near-death experiences and appeared on numerous TV talk shows, was arrested Tuesday at his Georgetown home after his daughter told investigators Morse waterboarded her as a punishment.
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August 10, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware father of five children who was arrested Tuesday for "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter is a internationally-known pediatrician who specializes in so-called near-death experiences. Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written several books on children and near-death experiences, has appeared on numerous TV shows including Oprah , Larry King , 20/20 and Good Morning America to talk about his research. State troopers have charged Morse, 58, with multiple felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the girl told social workers about her father's punishments.
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