Jimmy Carter was making the interview rounds today…
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer today on CNN, Jimmy Carter told Blitzer, that the U.S. “tortures prisoners in violation of international law.”
“I don’t think it. I know it,” Carter told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights,” Carter said. “We’ve said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we’ve said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime to which they are accused.”
Carter also said President Bush creates his own definition of human rights.
Carter’s comments on torture are in the wake of the “October 4 article in The New York Times disclosing the existence of secret Justice Department memorandums supporting the use of “harsh interrogation techniques.””
These include “head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures,” according to the Times.
The White House last week confirmed the existence of the documents but would not make them public.
Responding to the newspaper report Friday, Bush defended the techniques used, saying, “This government does not torture people.”
Asked about Bush’s comments, Carter said, “That’s not an accurate statement if you use the international norms of torture as has always been honored — certainly in the last 60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was promulgated.
“But you can make your own definition of human rights and say we don’t violate them, and you can make your own definition of torture and say we don’t violate them.”
In another interview with the BBC, Carter “denounced Vice President Dick Cheney as a “disaster” for the country and a “militant” who has had an excessive influence in setting foreign policy.”
Cheney has been on the wrong side of the debate on many issues, including an internal White House discussion over Syria in which the vice president is thought to be pushing a tough approach, Carter said.
“He’s a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world,” Carter told the BBC World News America in an interview to air later on Wednesday.
“You know he’s been a disaster for our country,” Carter said. “I think he’s been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he’s prevailed.”
Carter obviously wasn’t holding back on either interview and will no doubt be subject to another round of catching the rath of of the wingnuts. Currently, however the wingnuts are still busy picking on children. Of course, the wingnut assaults on the Frost family are a good diversion to keep the subject of torture out of the news once again. When slammed against the wall on an issue like torture the Republican Noise Machine will always put the spin machine to work to change the debate.