Statement of Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture Re: Washington Post article, Bush says in memoir he approved waterboarding
Statement of Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture
Re: Washington Post article, Bush says in memoir he approved waterboarding
“The Washington Post has reported that former President Bush writes in his upcoming memoir, Decision Points, his reply was ‘Damn right’ when asked by the CIA to approve the use of waterboarding against 9/11 suspect Khalid Sheik Mohammed. This cavalier attitude by the President who authorized torture in violation of U.S. and international law not only damages our nation’s credibility throughout the world, but also discourages global cooperation to combat terrorism.
It was only last week the U.S. was reminded that to protect our country from terrorists, and to collect vital information, we need the trust of individuals and governments worldwide. The bombs shipped on airplanes bound for the U.S. were stopped because of the cooperation of foreign intelligence services.
The U.S. stands the best chance of becoming the ally of more people around the world—people who can join us in the fight against terrorism—by rejecting torture. This effort is severely hampered when our leaders makes such careless and rash remarks without realizing the harmful impact on America’s security.
CVT renews its call for an independent non-partisan commission to examine and report publicly on torture and cruel treatment of prisoners since September 11, 2001. Such a commission should be adequately funded and given subpoena power and a mandate to fully examine the facts and circumstances of such abuses and to recommend measures to prevent future abuses.”
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