Lauer Challenges Bush on Torture, CIA Prisons
Posted on Sep 11, 2006
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 don?t 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, that?s basically when you strap someone to a board and you make them feel as if they?re going to drown by putting them underwater, if that was legal and within the law, why couldn?t you do it at Guantanamo? Why did you have to go to a secret location around the world?
President Bush: I?m not going to talk about techniques. And, I?m not going explain to the enemy what we?re doing. All I?m telling you is that you?ve asked me whether or not we?re doing things to protect the American people, and I want the American people to know we are doing so.