Last week, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said unequivocally, “We did not torture.” This is a lie. In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz, Perino refused to retract her claim:
When a reporter asked last week about reports that Obama’s team plans to review techniques for interrogating terror suspects, Perino said that the methods were used “to protect the country from possible imminent terrorist attack. We did not torture.” Administration officials have acknowledged waterboarding suspects, and critics, including John McCain, have said that is torture.
“I absolutely feel comfortable with what I said,” Perino says now.
Perino’s comment is the latest evidence that — despite widespread expert opinion to the contrary — the Bush administration continues to insist that waterboarding is not torture.