By Rachel Stockman at LawNewz
During Saturday night’s ABC debate, Ted Cruz told the audience that waterboarding is not considered torture under any legal definition. His claim appears to be derived from a controversial 2002 Bush Administration Memo, which has been widely disputed and discounted. According to most other legal definitions, waterboarding seems to meet the definition of torture.
Here is what Cruz said when asked if waterboarding is torture:
“Well, under the definition of torture, no, it’s not. Under the law, torture is excruciating pain that is equivalent to losing organs and systems, so under the definition of torture, it is not. It is enhanced interrogation, it is vigorous interrogation, but it does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.”
In fairness, Cruz, isn’t the only GOP candidate who believes that waterboarding isn’t torture.
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