This week, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey answered questions regarding the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique. Those in the Bush administration say that the use is only a simulated act of drowning, with no severe side effects. However, according to one former DoJ official, it certainly is torture.
Former assistant attorney general, Daniel Levin, underwent the procedure himself in 2004. He then issued a memo stating that the waterboarding procedure is torture, however, at the White House’s insistence, further stated that the administration’s previous opinions were not illegal. Subsequently, Mr. Levin was forced out of the Department of Justice. According to sources from ABC News, “Levin was seen as too independent by the Bush administration — not someone who could be counted on to endorse White House policies.”