The Republicans and Schumer on Torture

I remember when Mukasey was being packaged as a moderate steal for the Dems. “You mean he’s not a raving far right psychopath? He’s merely ultra conservative? Wow, I bet the Democrats will jump at confirming him“. How short lived that was.

It is now quite clear that the man supports torture. The Republicans, of course, have Bush’s “leadership” so far up their ass it looks like a backbone. Their actions say otherwise, and this is no exception. The surprise is the support Mukasey has from Democrats like Schumer:

And what a hypocrite Schumer shows himself to be. In one sentence he says:

I deeply oppose this administration’s opaque policy on the use of torture — its refusal to reveal what forms of interrogation it considers acceptable.

And then:

On Friday, he personally made clear to me that if the law were in place, the president would have no legal authority to ignore it — not even under some theory of inherent authority granted by Article II of the Constitution, as Vice President Cheney might argue. Nor would the president be able to evade a clear pronouncement on the subject from the courts. Judge Mukasey also pledged to enforce such a law.

Get that? Mukasey made it clear to him personally, as in, Schumer was assured in a private meeting, not during Mukasey’s public testimony.

Schumer has no defense on this. He is betraying everything the Democrats ought to stand for.

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