Statement on Remarks Defending Bush-era Torture and Rendition at Bush Library Dedication

Thursday, April 25, 2013

St. Paul, MN – “We are deeply disappointed that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continues to misstate claims about the Bush Administration’s use of torture and rendition. As the leader of an organization dedicated to healing those who suffered torture, we know the methods once authorized, including waterboarding, beatings, stress positions, isolation and sexual humiliation, are common forms of torture. Indeed, they were consistently used in combination to increase the severity of the pain.

“We hope the Executive Branch and Congressional policy makers will declassify the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after September 11, 2001. Doing so is necessary to end the misinformation about the unlawful, ineffective and misguided torture policies of the past.”


NOTE: CVT has created a handout (pdf) describing the known scientific, medical and clinical effects of the specific methods of abuse, including waterboarding, authorized after September 11, 2001.

The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit

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