President Bush's Veto of Intelligence Authorization Bill Continues the 'We Don't...

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President Bush's Veto of Intelligence Authorization Bill Continues the 'We
Don't Torture' Charade, Says Amnesty International
Group Urges U.S. House and Senate to Push for Investigation and Accountability

    WASHINGTON, March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Larry Cox, Amnesty
International USA executive director, issued the following statement in
response to President Bush's veto of H.R. 2082, the Intelligence Authorization
bill, which prevents the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. agents
from using waterboarding, sexual humiliation, dogs and other techniques that
amount to torture and ill-treatment.  Majorities of both the U.S. House of
Representatives and the Senate voted in favor of such limits:
    "President Bush's veto, in essence, spat on domestic and international law
and compromised human rights to justify illegal, ineffective and immoral
practices.
    "The Bush administration continues its stubborn and reckless disregard for
basic decency and values the United States should model.  The president's
action further compounds the incalculable damage to United States' standing at
home and abroad.
    "While Amnesty International applauds the U.S. House and Senate for
rejecting the bogus arguments validating torture as an interrogation tactic,
Congress needs finally to shoulder its responsibility to immediately mandate
an independent investigation into the heaps of highly credible evidence of
illegal and inhumane actions in the war on terror, and then prosecute those
responsible promptly.
    "While asserting that the United States 'does not torture,' as he vetoes
anti-torture legislation, President Bush's rhetoric rings more hollow than
ever."
SOURCE  Amnesty International USA

Sharon Singh of Amnesty International USA, Mobile, +1-202-459-8703
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