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Read this first: A Small Clique Of Legal Extremists… (February 24, 2008)

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (Tokyo War Crimes  Trial) - Proceedings. p. 12,936.

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (Tokyo War Crimes
Trial) – Proceedings. p. 12,936.

At last night’s republican debate republican presidential candidates continue to try and redefine torture:

JRosen020616

Jay Rosen ‏@jayrosen_nyu
Seen any live fact checks on Cruz’s claim that waterboarding does not fit the legal definition of torture? 8:49 PM – 6 Feb 2016

As if old media did sufficient fact checking on the subject during dubya’s administration? Why should they start now?

Digby020616A

digby ‏@digby56
Cruz says the president can torture if he wants to. Not surprising. Failing to try torturers for war crimes leads to this. 8:39 PM – 6 Feb 2016

The Donald is already there:

Digby020616B

digby ‏@digby56
And Trump gets big applause for saying he’d do worse than waterboarding. I wonder which of the donors in the audience did that? 8:40 PM – 6 Feb 2016

Redefining exceptionalism: if they do it it’s really bad, if we do it it’s legal.