Here’s part of George Bush’s address to the UN from June 26th, 2003, in which he calls torture “an affront to human dignity everywhere”:
“Today, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States declares its strong solidarity with torture victims across the world. Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere. We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.
“Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right. The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, ratified by the United States and more than 130 other countries since 1984, forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering on those within their custody or control. Yet torture continues to be practiced around the world by rogue regimes whose cruel methods match their determination to crush the human spirit. Beating, burning, rape, and electric shock are some of the grisly tools such regimes use to terrorize their own citizens. These despicable crimes cannot be tolerated by a world committed to justice.”
Of course he said this while the US was already torturing people. Just sayin.
(And as outraged as I am, I really just posted this as an excuse to show you “Lego waterboarding” and “Lego Abu Ghraib” found on Legofesto’s Flikr page)