Rice: Torture ‘legal’ if authorized by President
A group of students at Stanford confronted former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice about her role in authorizing the waterboarding of detainees. Rice said that she didn’t authorize torture. Rather, she just “conveyed the authorization” to the CIA.
Rice also contended that waterboarding wasn’t illegal because it had been authorized by President Bush. “The United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture, and so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture,” she said.
This video is from The Young Turks via YouTube, broadcast Apr. 30, 2009.