Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is making the rounds in Europe, deflecting questions about CIA secret prisons and insisting that the United States “does not authorize or condone torture.” But the Bush administration has established so many legalistic exceptions to that statement as to render it almost meaningless.
U.S. intelligence agents repeatedly have used waterboarding, for instance, against terrorist suspects. And a German national, Khaled al-Masri, says he was seized and taken to a U.S. prison in Afghanistan, where he says he was tortured and held for months. He is suing the CIA.
The United States’ stand on torture should be crystal clear — we don’t do it. Instead, America is losing its moral authority on a basic human rights issue. This is a foreign policy disaster.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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