Posted by lex, on November 1, 2007
“Consensus” Attorney General nominee is under fire from Senators Leahy and Kennedy, among others for failing to explicitly come out and say that his prospective employer is a torturer who OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED!!!1!@
Effectively. The Senators are fashed because the judge refuses to categorically label “torture” enhanced interrogation techniques – techniques whose particulars are classified, and about which he has not yet been briefed but whose outlines he is expected to understand via the services of a hyperventilated editorial staff at the New York Times. Who by the way think that the president is a torturer who OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED!!!1!@.
On Wednesday, Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled a committee vote for Tuesday amid deep uncertainty about the outcome. Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who is on the committee, said today that Mr. Mukasey’s refusal to answer directly increased the chances that waterboarding could be used against American troops.
I wonder if that would be before or after they’d had their head’s sawn off. But never mind:
“I therefore intend to oppose this nomination,” Kennedy said in remarks prepared for the Senate floor that were obtained by The Associated Press. “Judge Mukasey appears to be a careful, conscientious and intelligent lawyer, and he has served our country honorably for many years. But those qualities are not enough for this critical position at this critical time.”
Curse this ambiguity! Oh, if there was only a constitutionally acceptable way for the federal legislature to write clear laws outlawing such activities.