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Is Foreign Waterboarding of Americans Illegal? Top State Dept Lawyer Won’t Say

Posted by stoptorture on 5th November 2007

Today, the Guardian, a British newspaper reports: “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. He said he would not include or exclude any technique without first considering whether it violated the convention on torture.” (emphasis added).

If this is not a wake up call for U.S. citizens, nothing is.  Talk about national security.  Do you feel safer?

There is still time.  Demand that the Senate vote down Mukasey.

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