A former director of America's intelligence agency has branded the
country's deputy leader a "vice president for torture".
Admiral Stansfield Turner, who was in charge of the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) during the 1970s, said Dick Cheney was overseeing torture policies
of possible terrorist suspects and was damaging America's reputation by doing
President George Bush and other leading members of the his administration have
consistently denied that detainees suspected of belonging to al Qaida were tortured
But his opponents and human rights campaigners have claimed that many men taken
captive in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US have been subjected to torture in
order to extract information.
Speaking on ITV news Admiral Turner said: "We have crossed the line into
"I am embarrassed that the USA has a vice president for torture. I think
it is just reprehensible."
He added: "He (Mr Cheney) advocates torture, what else is it? I just don't
understand how a man in that position can take such a stance."
Republican Senator John McCain has passed a provision to a defence Bill in
the senate banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of all
But the White House has apparently threatened to veto the measure if it is
passed by the House of Representatives.