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The United States will persist with techniques of interrogating terror suspects that have saved "countless lives", but will stop short of torture, the US National Intelligence director says.
Mike McConnell has refused to spell out whether methods such as the alleged practice of 'waterboarding' were permitted under a new executive order of President George W Bush.
"The United States does not engage in torture. This executive order spells it out," Mr McConnell said.
Under his order issued on Friday, Mr Bush forbade the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to torture suspected terrorists in its detention and interrogation program instituted after the September 11 attacks of 2001.
The order says that the CIA program, confirmed to exist in September 2006, must abide by the Geneva Conventions on wartime detainees and directs the CIA director to enforce that standard.
It lists no specific practices that are affected or punishments for violations, and does not describe in any further detail a secret CIA prison network that has drawn outrage from US allies in Europe.
Originally posted by aecreate
Is Mr McConnell simply going to turn a blind eye?
So basically the CIA will resume its activities and
that executive order doesn't mean diddily.. correct?
Originally posted by dgtempe
Lets see....If these are new, enhanced interrogations,
And the others were abuse,
Is this then enhanced ABUSE?