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By Dan Froomkin
9:51 AM ET, 04/22/2009

Stephen Colbert mocks President Obama for his reluctance to seek justice for torture.

Colbert: "Well, today the president stood up and boldly answered the question: Will those who perpetrated these acts be punished?"

Obama (from his remarks yesterday): "I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws, and -- and I don't want to prejudge that."

Colbert: "Because, if anyone involved in the 266 known instances of waterboarding were prejudged, that would be a tragic betrayal of everything America stands for."

Colbert concludes: If there is one valuable piece of information that we have recently learned, it is that there are times we can torture with no repercussions.

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