So, when I read the President said, "We do not torture," I began to wonder if perhaps he and Panamanian President Martin Torrijos didn't smoke a little Panamanian Gold (or maybe it was Panama Red) before stepping up to the microphone for the press conference.
Perhaps the President would like to endure some of the things we do -- particularly in the CIA-run gulags in Eastern Europe -- and then claim it's not torture.
CIA interrogators in the overseas sites are permitted to use the CIA's approved "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques," some of which are prohibited by the U.N. convention and by U.S. military law. They include tactics such as "waterboarding," in which a prisoner is made to believe he or she is drowning.Let's see the President waterboard for half an hour or so; he'd go bonkers. And, clearly, he'd call it torture.
Or, perhaps he wouldn't. He forgets, however, a rose by any other name is still a rose.