Bush White House Flat Out Lies: 'We Did Not Torture'
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The Bush administration repeatedly insists that it does not practice torture: " We do not torture," President Bush declared in 2005. The U.S. " is not torturing any detainees," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said last April. Dismissing a Red Cross report describing interrogation techniques that were "tantamount to torture," Bush proclaimed last year, "Haven't seen it, we don't torture."
Today, Perino took the Bush administration's torture denials to a new level when she insisted that it had never engaged in torture:
PERINO: This president has said that we did interrogate terrorists, and we did so to protect the country from possible imminent terrorist attack. We did not torture.
It is simply a lie to say that the United States "did not torture." Even setting aside the infamous Abu Ghraib incidents, Bush's own CIA director Michael Hayden confirmed that his agency had subjected at least three detainees to waterboarding. And as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has explained, waterboarding is clearly torture:
Ali Frick is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.