Hastert goes on the offensive

How is this adequate?  What does taking responsibility mean in situation?  It seems that this is like President Bush taking responsibility for the Katrina response.  Nothing happened.

I was going to edit this since there is a ton of dead air but the ending much be enjoyed by all.  The press conference was about Foley and pages.  Hastert ends the press conference with a political talking point. 

Rough transcript — “What we need to do is start talking about the issues.  We have a great economy.  It’s because a Republican tax cuts and Republican handling of the economy.  Holding the line on spending.  We have addressed the war on terror.  We’ve done that continually over the last five years.  Today, we have a pretty safe America and, uh, a lot of people wanted us to address the issue of the border and we did exactly that.  Last Friday, we culminated appropriations that did fix the border.  So, you know, we have a good story to tell.  Our friends on the other side of the aisle, really don’t have a story to tell.  Maybe they’re resolving, uh, another political tactic.”

Waterboarding is torture, Congress said so in 1947!

From WaPo:

Key senators say Congress has outlawed one of the most notorious detainee interrogation techniques — “waterboarding,” in which a prisoner feels near drowning. But the White House will not go that far, saying it would be wrong to tell terrorists which practices they might face.

Inside the CIA, waterboarding is cited as the technique that got Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the prime plotter of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to begin to talk and provide information — though “not all of it reliable,” a former senior intelligence official said.

Waterboarding is variously characterized as a powerful tool and a symbol of excess in the nation’s fight against terrorists. But just what is waterboarding, and where does it fit in the arsenal of coercive interrogation techniques? mo’