The UN is finally asking questions about the United States position on torture. When was the last time something like this happened?
Source: Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung November 12, 2014
It has been nearly six years since President Obama, on his third day in office, signed an executive order banning torture or cruel treatment of U.S. detainees.
But while the order reinforced laws that already prohibited such treatment, the administration has never formally reversed a 2005 interpretation by the Justice Department, under President George W. Bush, that an international treaty against cruelty did not apply “with respect to aliens overseas.”
On Wednesday, administration officials were questioned by a U.N. committee in Geneva that monitors compliance with the treaty — officially the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Alessio Bruni of Italy, one of the panel’s chief investigators, began the two-day hearings by listing American actions since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks such as CIA renditions to secret detention sites, the Associated Press reported.
View original post 495 more words