Q And some are questioning the accountability -- who's checking to make sure you're following this law.Good enough answer for you?
MR. SNOW: Well, again, if you take a look at the techniques that have been laid out -- let me put it this way: I think, for any of you who have been out working with, dealing with the men and women who are in the American military, you're impressed by the professionalism. The people who are involved in these programs are the most mature of folks involved in this kind of activity, and they take very seriously their professional charge. I think it is reasonable to assume that if something bad happens, you'd find out about it.
But wait, there's more. Tony the Snow job tries to sell us a bill of goods later on as the Whitehouse beat reporters press him on the issue:
Q Exactly. How do you -- how can you enforce the law if you --But really, will this present any great hardship on the President of the United States? Nope:
MR. SNOW: Well, again, because you do have accountability. You have outside actors looking in on every juncture. It is built in. And therefore, there are measures that are taken within this.
Q Who are the outside actors?
MR. SNOW: They are independent of the questioning that's going on. But they've also been trained in taking a look at what the proper guidelines are for interrogation under the law, trying to make sure that people do not go beyond the boundaries of a proper interrogation.
Q You won't say who they are --
MR. SNOW: These are people who work for the federal government who are charged with doing it.
Q They're not independent if they're working for the federal government.
MR. SNOW: They're independent of the questioning. Let me -- well, never mind. Go ahead.
Q No, what were you going to say?
MR. SNOW: No, it's -- it would be snarky, and that's not worthy of me.
Q Do you think -- this has been described as a compromise. The President basically got everything he wanted, didn't he?Really, is this self policing form of oversight something we are willing to let the president get away with?
MR. SNOW: Pretty much, yes.
Q I'm trying to develop some sense of a way to get my arms around this. If you have a police department in the United States conducting interrogations, and they police themselves, and the public never has any idea about what's going on behind their closed doors -- of interrogation techniques, there probably wouldn't -- it doesn't smack of something that's American. It probably runs -- and to question those police officers is not an un-American thing, is it, to question --Un-American....hmmmm...