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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Condi stands behind US torture tactics

Condolezza Rice's strong backing of US torture tactics is not sitting well with human rights organization, legal scholars and even some Congressional politicians. Rice argued on Monday that rendition- shipping terrorist suspects to prison in parts of the world that are remote in order to interrogate them- is a "legitimate and neccessary tool for the changed circumstances brought on by the war on terror."
But, most agree that this tactic only puts detainees at greater risk of inhumane torture tactics. "This argument makes no sense unless there is an assumption that the purpose of rendition is to send people to a place where things could be done to them that could not be done in the United States," said David Luban, a law professor at Georgetown University.
The director of Human Rights Watch in Washington said the only reason the US is able to defend its torture tactics is because the administration has redfined torture to exclude any techniquest that they use. But the US does employ torture tactics such as sleep deprivation, stress positions and waterboarding, when a detainee is strapped to a board and plunged in water.

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