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Bush nominee for Attorney General is pro-torture

spanish_inquisition What a surprise. Maybe somebody could ask Mukasey if he blew up frogs by shoving firecrackers up their assholes when he was a kid, like Bush did. Perhaps that would form a common bond. Anyhow, WaPo:

Mukasey also demurred when he was repeatedly asked whether a simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding constitutes unlawful torture. Mukasey had strongly condemned the use of harsh interrogation tactics yesterday and said that the president could not order treatment that violated constitutional prohibitions.

But Mukasey said he could not elaborate on what techniques might be allowed, and specifically refused to answer questions from Democrats about whether waterboarding specifically was unconstitutional, saying he did know enough about what the technique entailed.

Oh, bullshit. Pure obfuscation. How about we keep it simple, and just say that if the Spanish Inquisition did it, it's torture. Well, guess what?

The Spanish Inquistion used their version of waterboarding:

The methods of torture most used by the Inquisition were garrucha, toca and the potro. The application of the garrucha, also known as the strappado, consisted of suspending the criminal from the ceiling by a pulley with weights tied to the ankles, with a series of lifts and drops, during which arms and legs suffered violent pulls and were sometimes dislocated. The toca, also called tortura del agua, consisted of introducing a cloth into the mouth of the victim, and forcing them to ingest water spilled from a jar so that they had impression of drowning. The potro, the rack, was the instrument of torture used most frequently.

Toca does just the same thing as waterboarding, using a slightly different technique.

How stupid do these people think we are, anyhow? Don't they understand that thirty seconds work in WikiPedia lets us figure out they're lying?

(ANSWER: No, but when they do, that will make them all the more eager to get rid of Net Neutrality so they can make Wikipedia slow as molasses, unreliable, and then charge us up the wazoo for it. That's called "innovation.")

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Let's see. He will be easily confirmed. We are concerned that he is playing stupid little Bush tricks about waterboarding and the President actually having to follow the law. But we will confirm him anyway because if we don't we will appear weak. Does that cover it?