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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. "certainly" tortures

Jimmy Carter was on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer last night. He did not shirk his responsibility to condemn the use of torture by the Bush administration, nor was he afraid to call President Bush a liar:

BLITZER: President Bush said as recently as this week, the United States does not torture detainees.

CARTER: That's not an accurate statement if you use the international norms of torture as has always been honored... But you can make your own definition of human rights and say we don't violate them, and you can make your own definition of torture and say we don't violate them.

BLITZER: But from your definition, you believe the United States, under this administration, has used torture?

CARTER: I don't think it, I know it. Certainly.

BLITZER: So is the president lying?

CARTER: The president is self-defining what we have done and authorized in the torture of prisoners. Yes.

Watch the video clip below. There's more good commentary from President Carter (he calls Giuliani "foolish" and says he hopes he's never president):

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