"Do you approve of torture?" asked Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican.
"Absolutely not," Gonzales answered.
Gonzales has been criticized for a Justice Department memo on Afghanistan detainees that was addressed to him. In the August 2002 memo, then-Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee wrote, "We conclude that torture as defined ... covers only extreme acts."
According to Bybee, U.S. law defined "severe" pain as that "equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function or even death."
Asked by Leahy if he agreed with that position at the time, Gonzales answered: "I don't recall today whether or not I was in agreement with all of the analysis. But I don't have a disagreement with the conclusions then reached by the department."
He said that the Justice Department was responsible for interpreting the law.
Something new, and very nice at CNN is the full story link. Where they link you to more indepth coverage of an issue. Blogs have always done this, but bloggers don't have CNN's resources so it's nice to see them start to do it too.
Must be part of their new "more info, less opinion" policy.
Anyway, they tossed in a timeline showing just how far bush has gone in his War against The Geneva Conventions.
Remember how angry people got when a couple of US soldiers showed up on tv with a few bruises? Well when the first video of a US soldier being "waterboarded" is released, tell them not to get angry with the people doing the waterboarding, get angry with bush, because he's the one that threw the Geneva Conventions out the window.
...and lets not forget that bush's administration has sided with those doing the torturing, and argued against compensating tortured American POW's and even survivors of the Holocaust.