March 2009: Obama administration vows not to use "waterboarding"
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ruled out the use of "waterboarding" as an interrogation technique for terrorism suspects on Monday, calling it a form of torture that the Obama administration could never condone.
The storyline about how 40 American Navy SEALS came to find the terrorist is incredible. It boiled down to finding the courier linked to Osama bin Laden. The startling revelation? Some of the most important details emerged during President George W. Bush's administration and their harsh interrogation practices carried out on captured terrorists, often at the controversial Guantanamo Bay. This will reignite the conversation around GITMO and the role it played in killing al Qaeda's top minion. Some of the information came from an overseas prison after Khalid Sheik Mohammad had been waterboarded.
A great deal of credit also goes to former President George W. Bush, who carried out the unpopular, but necessary, War on Terror. For eight years, Bush was crucified by the media and even President Obama, but didn't let up. Say what you want about Bush, but the man cared so much about protecting this nation that he made it the most important issue of his presidency. Obama did not thank Bush, but that's to be expected.