Tuesday, December 06, 2005

All the credibility of concentration camp guards


"The President has made it very clear that we do not torture, he would never condone torture or authorize the use of torture. If someone doesn't abide by our laws, they're held accountable, and we have done that.

That's the difference between us and others. When it comes to human rights, there is no greater leader than the United States of America, and we show that by holding people accountable when they break the law or they violate human rights. And we show that by supporting the advance of freedom and democracy and supporting those in countries that are having their human rights denied or violated, like North Korea. We show that by liberating people in Afghanistan and Iraq, some 50 million people. And no one has done more when it comes to human rights than the United States of America."

-- Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan 12/2/05
"Torture is a term that is defined by law. We rely on our law to govern our operations. The United States does not permit, tolerate, or condone torture under any circumstances.

Moreover, in accordance with the policy of this administration:
  • The United States has respected - and will continue to respect - the sovereignty of other countries
  • The United States does not transport, and has not transported, detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture
  • The United States does not use the airspace or the airports of any country for the purpose of transporting a detainee to a country where he or she will be tortured
  • The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured. Where appropriate, the United States seeks assurances that transferred persons will not be tortured.
International law allows a state to detain enemy combatants for the duration of hostilities.

Detainees may only be held for an extended period if the intelligence or other evidence against them has been carefully evaluated and supports a determination that detention is lawful.

The US does not seek to hold anyone for a period beyond what is necessary to evaluate the intelligence or other evidence against them, prevent further acts of terrorism, or hold them for legal proceedings.

With respect to detainees, the United States government complies with its constitution, its laws, and its treaty obligations.

Acts of physical or mental torture are expressly prohibited.

The United States government does not authorise or condone torture of detainees. Torture, and conspiracy to commit torture, are crimes under US law, wherever they may occur in the world."

--Speech by Condoleeza Rice 12/5/05

Does anyone still really believe?

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