Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer refuses to admit that harsh interrogation techniques amounted to torture. “I don’t know what I think about waterboarding. I think it’s pretty close to the line,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Sleep deprivation, I have no problem with,” Fleischer explained. “I think it’s appropriate to be harsh with people after September 11th.”
Fleischer argued that the Office of Legal Council (OLC) memos that defined what harsh interrogation techniques could be used should not have been released in the first place. “No top-secret documents ever need to be released under a lawsuit. The government has always fought that, always has means to fight that, and in this case they acquiesced to it. They certainly could have fought it. This is an opening again of the pandora’s box,” said Fleischer.
This video is from CNN’s Anderson Cooper, broadcast Apr. 21, 2009.