Monday, November 5, 2007

Top US legal adviser refuses to rule out 'torture' technique

Aide to Rice declines to denounce waterboarding during Guardian America debate

Ed Pilkington in New York
Monday November 5, 2007
The Guardian

"The top legal adviser within the US state department, who counsels the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, on international law, has declined to rule out the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding even if it were applied by foreign intelligence services on US citizens. John Bellinger refused to denounce the technique, which has been condemned by human rights groups as a form of torture, during a debate on the Bush administration's stance on international law held by Guardian America, the Guardian's US website......."

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