NBC host Matt Lauer confronts President Bush on a fundamental apparent inconsistency in his interrogation policy: If it’s legal, why are we doing it in secret CIA prisons abroad? Cornered, Bush doesn’t answer straight. Watch the fireworks.
Transcript via Crooks and Liars:
Matt Lauer: I dont want to let this within the law issue slip though. I mean, if, in fact, there was water boarding used with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and for the viewers, thats basically when you strap someone to a board and you make them feel as if theyre going to drown by putting them underwater, if that was legal and within the law, why couldnt you do it at Guantanamo? Why did you have to go to a secret location around the world?
President Bush: Im not going to talk about techniques. And, Im not going explain to the enemy what were doing. All Im telling you is that youve asked me whether or not were doing things to protect the American people, and I want the American people to know we are doing so.