Carter Criticizes Bush

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.''


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  • by Guy Location: Florida on Oct 14, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    Carter will say any thing to upset the republican party I am a democrat but I support a lot of stuff Bush does and I think Carter needs to stay in Ga. and keep his mouth shut and stay out of site because he no longer has full control of his mouth
  • by Major Location: Tampa on Oct 13, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    Carter needs to keep his opinions to himself. They only encourage our enemies and endanger our soldiers.
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