Sheeler, Former Marine, Outraged by Bush's Torture Claim Flip-Flopping

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How can the President say “We Do Not Torture” when ABC News produced photos of U.S. personnel with detainees at Abu Grahib Prison

Carl Sheeler, Rhode Island Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, said that President Bush’s comments yesterday to the Panamanian media were in sharp contrast to the administration’s previous support of the actions of U.S. personnel charged with the guarding and care of prisoners of war at Abu Grahib Prison just last year.

“How can the President say ‘We Do Not Torture’ when ABC News produced photos of U.S. personnel with detainee’s of Abu Grahib Prison last year? I am appalled at the level of nonchalance Mr. Bush and his administration seem to have toward the use of torture as a necessary means of interrogation. This is unacceptable especially as the President is supporting the effort spearheaded by Vice President Chenney to block or modify the current legislation in the U.S. Senate.”

Sheeler, a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain and critic of the Bush Administration said, “I support Senator John McCain’s (R) efforts to specify the manner and level of interrogation of prisoners. Who better than the U.S. military to abide by the rules? When we fail to do so and our own are captured, we place them at grave risk. It is these acts that reflect a lack of leadership and a lack of appreciation of our global role. We are losing the reverence we have long enjoyed by the United States historically holding to the highest standards of social justice. These acts will set us back years, if not decades.”

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