Torture: What Would Reagan Do?
Posted by MEC on April 27, 2009
Do Republicans still consider Ronald Reagan their role model? Because if so, they should stop denying that waterboarding is torture and stop insisting that people who authorized and committed waterboarding should not be prosecuted.
During the Reagan Administration, the Department of Justice prosecuted a Texas sheriff and three deputies for waterboarding suspects to obtain confessions, and won convictions. The sheriff was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and the deputies to 4 years.
The jury in the Texas case rejected the arguments that the torturers “didn’t know it was illegal” and were only following orders.
The authors of the Bush Administration’s infamous memos justifying torture ignored this legal precedent. The Obama Administration’s Justice Department should follow it.
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