"The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations under the Convention Against Torture...
The United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture, and so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture."– condoleeza rice
george w. bush's 2nd secretary of state
"When the president does it that means that it is not illegal.
If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law."– richard nixon
37th president of the united states