Panetta: I’d ask Obama to authorize “harsher interrogation methods if necessary”

Well, on the heels of Obama’s sudden turnaround on the matter of rendition, his CIA nominee Leon Panetta is now saying he’d ask for the ability to conduct “harsher interrogations” under circumstances he found “necessary.” My, my. That almost sounds like… like… he’d want to, you know, torture someone. Or, at the very least, make them uncomfortable.

Imagine for a second that one of Bush’s top folks publicly said they’d want to ask for authorization to exceed the Field Manual’s restrictions on coersion. Can’t you just hear the howling from the media? Where is that howling now, I wonder?

Hat tip: Instapundit.

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