Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda
Posted on Sep 21, 2006
In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”
A debate over allowing coerced testimony and reinterpreting the Geneva Conventions has raged between the White House and its Republican allies in the Senate.
President Bush says he wants “clarity” on the Geneva rules. And he said in a recent speech that the CIA has used what he called “alternative” means of interrogation.
Former President Clinton proposes a way that that presidents might allow rough questioning of suspects under extreme circumstances—but he is sharply against a major change in the law.