In former President George W. Bush’s upcoming memoirs, “Though Bush confirms that he knew the use of waterboarding would one day become public, and acknowledges that it is ‘sensitive and controversial,’ he asserts that ‘the choice between security and values was real,’ and expresses firm confidence in his decision. ‘Had I not authorized waterboarding on senior al Qaeda leaders, I would have had to accept a greater risk that the country would be attacked. In the wake of 9/11, that was a risk I was unwilling to take,’ he writes.”

 – Adam Aigner-Treworgy, John Helton, Ed Hornick, Gabriella Schwarz, and Rebecca Sherman, “Bush on Waterboarding: ‘Damn Right,'” CNN, Nov. 5, 2010