"Having a CIA program for questioning terrorists will continue to be crucial to getting lifesaving information," he said.
Also Wednesday, in a decisive retreat from practices made infamous by the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the U.S. Army explicitly banned several interrogation techniques and required all members of the military to observe, "at a minimum," the code set out in the Geneva conventions to protect suspects.
A new U.S. Army manual released Wednesday, which had been withheld for more than a year amid criticism of the Defense Department's treatment of prisoners, explicitly bans eight interrogation techniques: forced nudity or sexual acts, use of hoods or duct tape; beatings; electric shock; the simulated drowning known as "waterboarding," heat or temperature distress; withholding food or water; mock executions; and the use of dogs for intimidation, but not for maintaining security.
We have the President of the United States publicly admitting that he has committed heinous crimes against nature, our armed forces admitting that they specifically encourage torture until yesterday when they the approved the new manuals-thus being directly responsible for the abuses of Abu Ghraib. And this is supposed to make it all right? We are supposed to condone war crimes? We are supposed to trust President Bush or his party?