ABC adds the following note of clarification to the position taken by the American administration as regards the continued use of torture and the abandonment of the Geneva conventions, the rule of law and civilized behaviour. State sanctioned terror is still terror.
US President George W Bush has vetoed legislation that would have prevented the CIA from using torture during interrogation of terrorism suspects.
The annual intelligence authorisation bill, would have required the CIA to follow the Army Field Manual rules on interrogations which specifically prohibit torture of suspects, most notably waterboarding.
The President says he has vetoed the bill because the CIA interrogation program has already prevented a number of terrorist attacks and is vital to making sure that continues.
It was only last month that the CIA publicly admitted for the first time that it had used waterboarding against three terrorist suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks...
"It would restrict the CIA's range of acceptable interrogation methods to those provided in the Army Field Manual," Mr Bush said.
"The procedures in this manual were designed for use by soldiers questioning lawful combatants captured on the battlefield. They were not intended for intelligence professionals trained to question hardened terrorists."
"Limiting the CIA's interrogation methods to those in the Army Field Manual would be dangerous because the manual is publicly available and easily accessible on the Internet," Mr Bush said.
The President says he does not want to deprive the CIA of what he calls "safe and lawful techniques", which have helped foil terrorist plots.
Safe and lawful. Provided you get to make up our own laws to suit your evil convenience.