Bush defends torturing Khalid Sheik Mohammed

2010-06-03 08:28

Former US president George W Bush says if he had to do it over

again, he would still waterboard the self-professed mastermind of the September

11 2001 attacks.

Waterboarding is a simulated drowning technique that the Obama

administration considers torture. Bush acknowledged yesterday that the US used

the harsh interrogation technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed and said he would “do

it again to save lives”.

Bush made the comment while speaking to the Economic Club of Grand

Rapids in Michigan.

Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is the most senior

al-Qaida operative in US custody.

In his speech, Bush defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in

2003. He said ousting Saddam Hussein “was the right thing to do and the world is

a better place without him”.

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