WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former President Jimmy Carter says the U.S. violates international law by torturing prisoners, and that President Bush makes up his own definition of torture.
The Georgia native said in an interview on CNN yesterday that the country has taken the position that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo. He says the U.S. has ``said we can torture prisoners.''
Bush responded to an October 4th report by The New York Times on secret Justice Department memorandums supporting ``harsh interrogation techniques'' by proclaiming: ``This government does not torture people.''
Carter says the interrogation methods cited by the Times, including ``head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures,'' constitute torture under international norms.
But he said the White House makes its own definition of torture and then claims the standards are not being violated.
CNN said a senior White House official responded to Carter's remarks by saying, ``Our position is clear. We don't torture.''