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BUSH BACKS CIA TORTURE METHOD.

US President George Bush has vetoed legislation to ban controversial CIA interrogation methods such as waterboarding.

Bush said he had blocked the ban as it would end practices that have prevented terrorist attacks.

He said: "The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror.

"This is no time to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe.

Supporters of the legislation say it would preserve the US's ability to collect intelligence while boosting the country's standing abroad.

But California Senator Dianne Feinstein said: "Torture is a black mark against the US."

The bill would have limited the CIA to the 19 techniques allowed for use by military interrogators.

Waterboarding involves strapping a person down and pouring water over their cloth-covered face to create the sensation of drowning. It is banned by many nations.
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Date:Mar 9, 2008
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