Oh here's a much better video, uncut.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9iaPSdF1fY"]YouTube - Obama Speaking To CIA Defends Release Of Torture Memos[/ame]
Interesting. He's a good talker.
My only dispute with what he said is if we from here on out have decided we will not waterboard ok. But by saying we should not be ashamed to admit our mistakes he is implying that we acted in a wrong manner. He doesn't go so far as to claim that we acted in an illegal manner, but still implies wrongdoing on the parts of our military. I wish he had not done that. I think it's unfair. I'm also curious about what exactly Obama feels they should be able to do in the process of an interrogation or if he feels interrogation is off the table. We train our own men and women on how to not give up information, do we not? Clearly folks don't just tell you stuff 'cause you ask sweetly. What forms of interrogation are ok if waterboarding, sleep deprivation, etc are not? If things that cause no bodily harm in the long term are off the table than how can anything be on the table?
Also, I think much of this type of talk belongs somewhat behind closed doors. I mean it seems rather stupid for folks fighting against us to have a checklist of what our men and women are not allowed to do them. How does that not embolden them?
For folks who are against waterboarding what means of gathering information from captured peoples would you support?