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April 22nd, 2013
11:27 PM ET

Mukasey on torture: "Torture is illegal under U.S. statute"

On a day which saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev formally charged by the Justice Department, on Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Live" invited former Attorney General Mike Mukasey to the program to give his insight and perspective on the legalities of prosecuting an American citizen for terrorism on American soil.

"There shouldn't really be much of a debate," said Mukasey on the issue. "The statute that sets up the military commissions that we have now, makes it unlawful to try an American citizen in front of them."

In response to calls for the right to torture Tsarnaev for the purpose of extracting intelligence pertaining to homeland security Mukasey replied, "We don't torture. Torture is illegal under U.S. statute."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Mukasey tells Morgan, "There is nothing to stop the President from sending in a group of people, be they FBI agents or defense intelligence agency people or military people to interrogate him [Tsarnaev] in any fashion short of something illegal."
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  1. max

    What is Piers Morgan working on next?
    Banding all Pressure Cooker! How many people have to die before we band them in this UNCIVILIZED backward country he sream at us? Obama, saying to us they hold to there faith and pressure cooker’s.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seriously

      "Banding all Pressure Cooker! How many people have to die before we band them in this UNCIVILIZED backward country he sream at us? Obama, saying to us they hold to there faith and pressure cooker’s."

      Come again?

      April 23, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dude

        Max... Come again?

        April 23, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. TROY kNOWLTON

    GOOD FOR YOU PIERS MORGAN,,,,G. Ball is a goof..wind bag,,,,idiot....couldn't answer a straight question....hope the voters see him for what he is....a loser...and fled the show ....USA needs better that a goof like him.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jay

    Yeah, I agree, Torture should be introduced for bankers to find out when the next disaster happens and for Pro Gun Senators to find out who possibly paid them to vote against background checks. Is anybody crazy to demand torture as a regular tool? But I can see from whom these suggestions are coming, from the right who carries responsibility for a lot of killings (by guns) by themselves and try to hide this by being tough.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. renegade98

    Everything is 'breaking news' with CNN, what's up with that?

    April 23, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. james johnny

    as i said piers and his staff is very bias oterwise they would respond to my very obvious questions and statements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jj LEGEND like Prime Minister George Grenville elsewhere on the blog pages

      ' oterwise...???'

      JJ,my good man,I don't think he reads the posts on account of the xenophobia (PLEASE don't try spelling that!),and it's the
      filter blocking your posts–happens to us all–not the gamma rays...

      April 26, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dennis M.

    I have been watchingoff and on from time to time Piers Morgan for some time. No matter the subject, gun control or the Boston Bombing, Ifind his interview style very bullying. Whenever he fails to get the answer he wants, he rants a comment that often interupts his or her guest. He is always pushing his point of view and gives very little opportunity for people to speak their mind. I hope the sponsors of his show are paying attention. I will admit, this seems to be the norm on cable news. The days of Walter Cronkite and not pushing one's own agenda I am afraid are over!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Michael S. Kearns

    Waterboarding is torture, and two exAir Force psychologists are responsible for propelling Communist exploitation for suspected terrorists. So, to me, if the detainee wasn't against America before being tortured, they are certain to be afterward!

    April 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. reallylaidback

    the reason Piers is here in the US is Britian does not want him , we don't need him either go some where else please

    April 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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