Newsweek: Mukasey Favors Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Earlier I wrote about Attorney General Nominee Michael Mukasey's interviews with Senate Judiciary Committee members in which he professed his independence from the White House.

Michael Isikoff of Newsweek today reports on the same interviews and says Mukasey told the Senators he doesn't think Guantanamo should be closed and he favors enhanced interrogation techniques:

According to three sources, who asked not to be named discussing the private meetings, Mukasey said that he saw "significant problems" with shutting down Guantánamo Bay and that he understood the need for the CIA to use some "enhanced" interrogation techniques against Qaeda suspects. Mukasey also signaled reluctance with naming a special prosecutor to investigate Bush-administration misconduct, according to one participant.

As to Alberto Gonzales, Isikoff reports he's lawyering up.

The departed A.G. is now looking for a private lawyer to represent him, according to two legal sources who asked not to be identified because of the matter's sensitivity.

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    Translation from Newspeak to English (none / 0) (#1)
    by Andreas on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 02:34:14 PM EST
    "enhanced interrogation techniques" is the Newspeak word for torture.

    It's not Newspeak, but it is (none / 0) (#2)
    by scribe on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 02:50:31 PM EST
    the name originally created by the Gestapo to apply to the torture they used in interrogating enemies of the Reich.

    And no, I'm not making that up.


    No one could ever have anticipated (none / 0) (#3)
    by scribe on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 02:53:09 PM EST
    that a close friend of Rudy Cue Ball and the nominee of Bush/Cheney to head the DoJ would ever feel the same way they all do about torturing people....

    Another New Yorker who lost his mind over a couple buildings falling down.

    As to Gonzo lawyering up, um, what took him so long.  I mean, is he really that dumb?  Or is he just relying on the promised pardon and then deciding that a belt might go well with those suspenders?

    He must be rejected (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 03:36:29 PM EST
    And that's that.  Let the position go unfilled for the next two years, that would almost be better than ANYONE our tyrant and reigning sociopath nominates.

    dadler, (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 08:43:49 PM EST
    that's an insult to all self-respecting sociopaths! i'm not sure he's smart or devious enough to be a sociopath.

    "enhanced interrogation techniques" has a nice ring to it. kind of rolls off the tongue. give the nazis credit, they did have a way with words.