CNN anchor Tony Harris

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CNN anchor Tony Harris: “We have to take the president at his word when he says that the problem with Common Article 3, which prohibits outrages against personal dignity, is that it is unclear. And we can’t have our interrogators trying to get information that we need to protect this country under a bit of language here that is this vague. We can do better than this.”

Late update: TPM Reader JS says Harris was simply playing devil’s advocate here, and that the video makes it clear, in a way the transcript does not, that “We have to take the president at his word” was not declarative.

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