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Vice President 'an open advocate of torture'

An editorial in today's Washington Post:
VICE PRESIDENT Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans. "Cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment of prisoners is banned by an international treaty negotiated by the Reagan administration and ratified by the United States. The State Department annually issues a report criticizing other governments for violating it. Now Mr. Cheney is asking Congress to approve legal language that would allow the CIA to commit such abuses against foreign prisoners it is holding abroad. In other words, this vice president has become an open advocate of torture. > more
Now let's juxtapose that against Bush's words from 2001:

First, we must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity.As you work for the federal government there is no excuse for arrogance, and there’s never a reason to show disrespect for others.
Perhaps Cheney didn't get the message. Or perhaps he doesn't care. Or perhaps it's just talk and not the real agenda.

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