The Chicago Tribune has the story:
“There is no doubt that waterboarding is torture, despite the administration’s reluctance to say so,” argues Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales recently told CNN that “Congress has defined what torture is, and it is intentional infliction of severe–I emphasize the word `severe’–intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering.”
Asked whether “waterboarding” would be allowed under that definition, Gonzales replied that “that would be something that would have to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”