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Waterboarding is torture, says Bob Barr — boos follow

Former Georgia congressman, presidential candidate and AJC blogger Bob Barr got himself booed on Friday at the CPAC convention in Washington. His sin: Barr declared that waterboarding is torture – and suggested that U.S. courts are capable of handling trials for terrorists.

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The Cheney-Obama death match: Checkers versus chess

A different kind of political analysis on the torture, from the usually staid Congressional Quarterly:

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Southern Baptist agency declares ‘no room for torture’

The Southern Baptist Convention, the dominant religious voice of the South, has finally weighed in on the issue of waterboarding and other forms of torture.

Under no circumstances should they be permitted in this country.

The statement came through the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, which is in charge of figuring out where the rubber of national politics meets the theological road.

Given the denomination’s influence on the religious conservatives who dominate the Republican party, the statement could have significant impact on public debate that continues to percolate.

Here’s what the commission has posted on its web site:

There is no room for torture as part of the United States’ intelligence-gathering process, Richard Land said today. He also said he believes the practice known as “waterboarding” is torture and, as such, is unethical.

Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said there is no circumstance in which torture …

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