Legislation that would prevent the CIA from using interrogation methods like simulated drowning or “water-boarding”, has been vetoed by Georges W. Bush, said the US president.
He said the intelligence bill, passed by Senate and Congress, took “away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror.”
According to the US president, the CIA needed “specialised interrogation procedures”, that the military did not.
In his weekly radio address, he didn’t mentionned water-boarding specifically, an interrogation method that put the detainee in fear of drowning and is condemned as torture by many governments and rights groups.
Recently the CIA admitted publicly the use of water-boarding on three people, one of them being high-profile al-Qaeda detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But the CIA said they haven’t used that interrogation method for the past five years.
President Bush said “the bill Congress sent me would not simply ban one particular interrogation method, as some have implied. Instead it would eliminate all the alternative procedures we’ve developed to question the world’s most dangerous and violent terrorists.”
Then he added : “this is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a prove track record of keeping America safe.”
If the Congress bill had passed, CIA officials would have been deprived from 19 interrogation techniques, outlined by the US army field manual.
In 2005, un-named CIA agents described to ABC News some of those“interrogation techniques” that look more like torture to me. Water-boarding : the prisoner is bound to a board with feet raised, and cellophane wrapped round his head. Water is poured onto his face, which produce a fear of drowning.
Cold cell: the prisoner stands naked in a cold, though not freezing, cell and doused with water.
Standing: prisoners stand for 40 hours and more, shackled to the floor.
Belly slap: a hard slap to the stomach with an open hand. This is designed to be painful but not to cause injury.
I really don’t see how it’s possible to find those acts justified, against anybody.