King: Torture trial should spark "scorched earth"
By Glenn Thrush
April 24, 2009
New York Republican Rep. Peter King thinks his party needs to go nuke if Bush era officials are prosecuted on torture charges.
King, the outspoken ranking member of the House homeland security committee, said Republicans should "shut down [legislative] activity across the board" if any Bush-era officials are hauled into court.
"We would need to have a scorched-earth policy and use procedural means to bring the place to a halt -- go to war," he told POLITICO.
"If we have another 2,000 people killed, I want Nancy Pelosi and [liberal philanthropist] George Soros, John Conyers and Pat Leahy to go to the funeral and say your son was vaporized because we didn’t want to dump some guys head under water for 30 seconds."
Pelosi, Leahy and Conyers haven't called for prosecutions but have said more information needs to be gathered to determine if officials who authorized waterboarding violated the law.