|Mukasey could not say whether waterboarding, which simulates drowning, was illegal torture because he had not been briefed on the details of the technique and did not want to suggest that CIA officers who used such techniques might be in "personal legal jeopardy. " He noted that Congress has not explicitly banned waterboarding by the C.I.A., though it was outlawed for use by the military in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005.
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