Bush denies US torture use claims
5 October 2007
US President George W Bush has rejected claims his administration uses torture and defended the CIA's methods.
He was responding to a New York Times report that the US Justice Department secretly authorised harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects in 2005.
The alleged 2005 memo came months after a 2004 opinion in which the Justice Department declared torture abhorrent.
Mr Bush said: "This government does not torture people. We stick to US law and our international obligations."
According to the New York Times, the interrogation techniques endorsed by a 2005 Justice Department memo were some of the harshest ever used by the CIA.
They included head-slapping, exposure to freezing temperatures and simulated drowning, known as water-boarding.
Heck, what's a little waterboarding or a few electric shocks. Right Georgie?
Nay we don't do torture, we outsource it to our friends. That way George doesn't have to bother his little beautiful mind with such trivial details.