AN SUSTEREN: Even if it's -- first of all, is waterboarding torture?
LIEBERMAN: Well, I take a minority position on this. Most people think it's definitely torture. The truth is, it has mostly a psychological impact on people. It's a terrible thing to do...
Why do I think it was a mistake to give it out? I wasn't necessary. It just helps our enemies. It doesn't really help us.
Again, the president can decide what tactics he wants the CIA or the military to use on people we capture, suspects of terrorism. But to let our enemies know what we are going to do or not do, that's not a good idea.
The President of the United States of America is subject to every single law and treaty that every single other American citizen is subject to. If his decisions are not legal within the framework of the law then he should be tried and found guilty of the crimes.
And those of you that participated in engineering these decisions to carry out these crimes of torture and rendition and/or participated in the cover up of these crimes are accomplices and just as guilty as the CIA officers, contractors and soldiers and prison guards that did your dirty deeds.
And it is no longer some BS debate about whether or not it was torture.
It was torture.
- There are guilty people in both political parties.
- There are guilty people in the military, the CIA and many other government agencies.
- There are guilty people on the civilian side.
- And there are even guilty people in other countries.
The one and only way to ensure that this never happens again is to prosecute every single one of the criminals and to ensure that they all do their time in jail.
And moving forward is impossible without looking back.
And Obama, the media and others can stop lying to yourself about bullshit catchphrases of "enhanced interrogations." This was torture.
Clearly torture. There is no rose on your bloomin' piles of BS.