Attorney General Eric Holder has once again denounced the use of waterboarding, stating in a speech before the Jewish Council of Public Affairs that "waterboarding is torture ... My Justice Department will not justify it, will not rationalize it and will not condone it." In support of this stance, President Obama in January ordered that all government officials abide by the US Army Field Manual during interrogations.
Once again, I will say: It doesn't matter what Obama says or does. If waterboarding is to be illegal, if it is to be forbidden for use in interrogations, Congress must pass a law making waterboarding illegal and defining it as torture. If it is Obama who defines waterboarding as torture, he can just as easily change that definition in a subsequent order.