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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Murray and other Democrats said they were troubled that Mukasey refused to recognize waterboarding as torture and to say outright that it is illegal. Waterboarding is a brutal interrogation technique that creates the sensation of drowning.

“My fear is that his failure to simply answer the question is an indication of a willingness to mold laws to the desire of the president, rather than to ensure the president abides by the law,” Murray said. -- Associated Press story on why Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, voted against Michael Mukasey’s nomination for Attorney General

“Judge Mukasey's answers to questions about executive power, especially regarding surveillance that may involve U.S. citizens, are troubling. I cannot support his nomination.” -- Senator Maria Cantwell, D-WA, on why she voted against Michael Mukasey’s nomination for Attorney General

“I will vote against the nomination of Judge Mukasey to be the next Attorney General. This was a difficult decision, as Judge Mukasey has many impressive qualities. . . . At this point in our history, however, the country also needs an Attorney General who will tell the President that he cannot ignore the laws passed by Congress.” -- Senator Russ Feingold, D-WI, on why he voted against Michael Mukasey’s nomination for Attorney General

“No nominee from this administration will agree with us on things like torture and wiretapping.” -- Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, explaining why he voted for Attorney General Michael Mukasey

The large majority of Democrats are on record regarding the following:

1. Torture violates U.S. law.
2. Waterboarding is torture.
3. The President has ordered the military to use waterboarding.
4. Warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens violates U.S. law.
5. The President has ordered warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Why is impeaching George Bush not a top priority right now?

What is the use of having the majority in both houses of Congress if you don’t use them to protect human rights, the Constitution, and the international standing of the United States?

What is the point of professing your beliefs if you don’t act on them?

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