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Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence under President Jimmy Carter, has called Vice President Dick Cheney "a vice president for torture", saying that Cheney "was damaging America's reputation by overseeing torture policies of possible terrorist suspects". Turner made these comments in an interview with Britain's ITV news yesterday.

Quite frankly, I'm happy that Mr. Turner has called it as he saw it and let it be known.

Originally posted to KCBearcat on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 11:26 AM PST.

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  •  Make your voice heard.... (none)
    on the White House Interactive question submission forum. C'mon, it'll be fun! Here's my question:

    "Cheney was recently described by former CIA director Stansfield Turner as the "Vice-President for Torture" because his stance that legislation prohibiting cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody would tie the president's hands when it came to fighting terrorism. My question is this: Doesn't this administration realize that when we resort to using torture, we are no longer fighting terrorism? That we have, in fact, become terrorists ourselves?"

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident: 1. George W. Bush is not President; 2. America is not a true Democracy; 3. The Media is not fooling me." -Ani DiFranco

    by poichick on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 11:23:31 AM PST

  •  Geesh, that should get much more exposure! (none)
    Really, I hope a lot of Europeans make a gib fuss about it. Cheney just deserves it. Kudos to the Stansfield Turner guy.
  •  This needs broader exposure (none)
    Cheney need to stop torturing the country and resign.

    Amidst the ruling elite, evil is spelled g-r-e-e-d.
    Amidst the people they lead, evil is spelled f-e-a-r.

    by Dan Hrkman on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 11:50:05 AM PST

  •  Go Turner. (none)
    Since Cheney seems to enjoy torture so much, maybe he should get a helping of it himself. See how he likes it then.

    Proud to live in a Blue State!

    by Sister Havana on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 01:08:16 PM PST

  •  an important point... (none)
    ...torture doesn't work. even in the "ticking time bomb" scenario...would you want someone who'd say anything to get you to stop sending you out on a wild goose chase? then the time bomb  goes off.

    That, of course, is irrelevant in the big picture. Torture is, more importantly, evil, which is of course why Emperor Cheney is in favor of it.

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