"Obama Slams Admin: Torture Is A "Betrayal Of Our Core Values""
Barack Obama is the first Presidential candidate out of the gate with a statement slamming the Bush administration over today's big New York Times story on the administration's secret authorization of torture:
“The secret authorization of brutal interrogations is an outrageous betrayal of our core values, and a grave danger to our security. We must do whatever it takes to track down and capture or kill terrorists, but torture is not a part of the answer -- it is a fundamental part of the problem with this administration's approach.
"Torture is how you create enemies, not how you defeat them. Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. Torture is how you set back America's standing in the world, not how you strengthen it. It's time to tell the world that America rejects torture without exception or equivocation. It's time to stop telling the American people one thing in public while doing something else in the shadows. No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning.
"When I am president America will once again be the country that stands up to these deplorable tactics. When I am president we won't work in secret to avoid honoring our laws and Constitution, we will be straight with the American people and true to our values."
What will the Republican candidates say about this?
Late Update: I should add, it'll be interesting to see if Hillary puts out anything on this. At the last debate she came out firmly against torture, closing the door on making any kind of legal exceptions to torture in "ticking bomb" situations. But that was after an earlier declaration that she thought that the Commander in Chief might need to make such exceptions.
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