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‘US does not torture,’ Bush says

US President George W Bush has defended his government’s treatment of detainees after a media allegation that the CIA ran secret jails in eastern Europe.

“We do not torture,” Mr Bush told reporters during a visit to Panama.

He said enemies were plotting to hurt the US and his government would pursue them, but would do so “under the law”.

Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court has allowed a legal challenge to the Bush administration’s use of military tribunals for foreign detainees.


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