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Eric Holder: ‘Waterboarding is torture’

Attorney General-appointee Eric Holder, in his ongoing confirmation hearing today, fielded a question about waterboarding from Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, then said, “I agree with you that waterboarding is torture,” CBS News reports.

“It was the latest signal that President-elect Barack Obama plans a sharp break from the Bush administration,” CBS said. “As recently as last week, Vice President Dick Cheney defended waterboarding, saying it provided valuable intelligence. The CIA has used the tactic on at least three terrorism suspects, included alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.”

For more on Holder’s hearing today, click here.

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