Rice: Torture ‘legal’ if authorized by President

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:58 EDT
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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.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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