Senator John McCain was recently accused of flip-flopping on the issue of torture when he voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, saying that he did not want to tie the CIA to the guidelines of the Army Field Manual.
McCain, who was him tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, had previously spoken out strongly against the use of torture and added a ban on torture to a defense spending bill in 2005.
Now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, McCain appears eager to shore up his anti-torture credentials. In an appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes, McCain replied, "Sure, yes, without a doubt" when asked if waterboarding is torture.
"We prosecuted Japanese war criminals after World War II," McCain went on, "and one of the charges brought against them, for which they were convicted, was that they waterboarded Americans."
Asked "how did we lose our way," McCain
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