Despite public statements to the contrary, Hillary Clinton now says she is amenable to the idea of the government using torture in some circumstances.

Ben Smith of the N.Y. Daily News:

Despite her apparent opposition to torture, Hillary Clinton said in a Daily News editorial board meeting [last week] that the practice is acceptable in some circumstances.

At [last week’s] Daily News editorial board meeting, it emerged that she’s not actually against torture in all instances, and that her dispute with [Sen. John] McCain and [President] Bush is largely procedural.

She was asked about the “ticking time bomb” scenario, in which you’ve captured the terrorist and don’t have time for a normal interrogation, and said that there is a place for what she called “severity,” in a conversation that included mentioning waterboarding, hypothermia, and other techniques commonly described as torture.


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