for his stance against torture
The United States tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Carter said Wednesday.
He also said that the U.S. "has abandoned the basic principle of human rights." "I don't think it. I know it," Carter told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"We've said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime to which they are accused." In an interview with the BBC, Carter called Vice President Dick Cheney “a disaster for our country” who exerts too much influence on the president.
Carter also said President Bush creates his own definition of human rights.
On October 4 an article in The New York Times confirmed Carter’s declarations disclosing the existence of secret Justice Department memorandums supporting the use of "harsh interrogation techniques." These include "head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures," according to the Times.
Mr. Carter, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, also criticized Mr. Bush for having "zero peace talks" in Israel. Mr. Carter said the administration "abandoned or directly refuted" every negotiated nuclear arms agreement, as well as environmental efforts by other presidents.
For his recent stance against the torture authorized by the American government, and for his opposition to the policies of President George Bush, former President Jimmy Carter has been honored by the Raelian movement.