Amnesty International: Waterboarding is Never Acceptable Regardless of the Circumstances
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Amnesty International: Waterboarding is Never Acceptable Regardless of the Circumstances WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, issued the following remarks in response to CIA Director Michael Hayden's confirmation that waterboarding was used on detainees in CIA custody: "General Hayden's justification that waterboarding of three detainees was permissible because at the time it took place, authorities had limited knowledge of al Qaeda is absurd at best. Ignorance or lack of knowledge is not an excuse for torture. The legal prohibition on torture is absolute, period - there are no exceptions. "An official admission that the United States engaged in waterboarding does not lessen the seriousness of U.S. authorities' involvement in the crime of torture (despite Attorney General Michael Mukasey's confusion) under U.S. and international law. The assertion by Bush administration officials that the U.S. government does not engage in torture is as credible as President Bush declaring there are WMD in Iraq. This administration's consistent efforts to obscure the reality of its war on terror policies make it difficult to accept statements that such torture is no longer acceptable." For more information, please visit www.amnestyusa.org. SOURCE Amnesty International AIUSA Media Office, +1-202-544-0200 x302
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