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Sen. Graham: This is not a time to celebrate water boarding

by Kerry Picket | WashingtonTimes.com

Some Republicans are speaking out on the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation techniques that they believe were key in helping to locate and kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but Senator Lindsay Graham, South Carolina Republican, parts with GOP lawmakers who are supporting the use of the interrogation method known as water boarding.

Senator Graham told me on Tuesday afternoon he was "somewhere between water boarding and advertising to the enemy the interrogation techniques they face." Mr. Graham made it clear, however, he considered water boarding to be torture.

"This idea that we caught bin Laden as a result of water boarding, I think, is a misstatement. This whole concept about how we caught bin Laden is a lot of work over time by different people and putting the puzzle together. The idea of having the army field manual as the exclusive means to interrogate people is a mistake," Mr. Graham explained. "It is on the website. They can go look at the army field manual. I’m somewhere between water boarding and advertising to the enemy the interrogation techniques they face."

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