Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Torture is torture even if you call it by another name, says former President Jimmy Carter

Once again former President Jimmy Carter is engaging is some very important truth telling. Carter told Reuters this week that it's time for the Bush Administration to stop engaging in doublespeak and admit that its torturing prisoners. Reuters reports:
"They have redefined torture to make it convenient for them," Carter said of the Bush administration in an interview with Reuters.

"Things that are unanimously almost or globally assumed to be torture, they claim that this is not torture. I don't think there is any doubt that is what they are doing," said Carter, a Democrat who was president from 1977 to 1981.
"We've lost the support and trust and confidence and admiration that we've had for generations," Carter said, adding the administration "has stonewalled so they can continue to perpetrate this illegal punishment."

"They have obviously subverted facts, that has been proven, and subversion of the law is now becoming more and more apparent," he said, referring to the administration's repeated appeals of court rulings concerning the treatment and legal rights of prisoners at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

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