Cheney 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 so.

President George Bush and other leading members of the his administration have consistently denied that detainees suspected of belonging to al Qaida were tortured for information.

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 dangerous territory.

"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."

Stansfield Turner was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on 1st December, 1923. He entered Amherst College in 1941 and graduated from United States Naval Academy in 1946. After obtaining a Rhodes scholarship he studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University.

During his service in the United States Navy Turner commanded a mine sweeper, a destroyer, a guided-missile cruiser, a carrier task group and a fleet. He also was President of the Naval War College. Admiral Stansfield Turner's last naval assignment was as Commander in Chief of NATO's Southern Flank.

In 1977 President Jimmy Carter appointed Turner as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in the post until January 1981. In recent years he has worked as a lecturer, writer and TV commentator and is a director of several American corporations.

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