posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 02:14 PM
In an apparent shift in the US position on the use of torture. Secretary of
state Condoleezza Rice, who has supported and defended the US policy of "rendition", now says "UN Convention against Torture extends to US
personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the US or outside the US." According to the following report these statements by Rice are in sharp
contrast to US Attorney-General, Alberto Gonzales, who said a year ago that the convention did not apply to US interrogations of foreigners
The US secretary of state says the UN treaty on torture applies to American interrogators in the US and overseas, in an apparent shift in US policy.
The Bush administration has previously said the convention which bans cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment does not apply to US personnel abroad.
Correspondents say a reason for the shift might be pressure from Congress.
Condoleezza Rice's European tour has been dogged by claims the CIA used foreign bases to hold terror suspects.
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Given the harsh world opinion against the US use of torture in the war on terrorism, this could be a step taken toward repairing that image or
opinion. The past abuses cannot be erased, however perhaps adhering to the UN treaty on torture now and in the future could prevent more damage.
Are we witnessing just another attempted hole patch in a sinking ship?
[edit on 7-12-2005 by UM_Gazz]