DEFENSE

Condi: Bush's Actions Not Illegal

And around and around we go. While at a Washington school on Sunday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended Bush administration policies regarding interrogation of terrorism suspects, specifically saying that President Bush “was only willing to authorize” interrogations that were legal. “He was also very clear that we would do nothing—nothing—that was against the law or against our obligations internationally,” she said. Rice was one of the top Bush advisers who approved the CIA’s use of waterboarding on those in custody. “I hope people understand that it was a struggle, it was a difficult time,” she said, making reference to Sept. 11, before continuing: “Even under those most difficult circumstances, the president was not prepared to do something illegal.”