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Bush advisor refuses to rule out torture to prevent terror attack

[JURIST] US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley [official profile] refused to rule out the possibility that torture would be used [interview transcript] to prevent a future terrorist attack, during an appearance Sunday on CNN's Late Edition, but maintained that the country will act within the confines of the law. The Senate voted 90-9 [JURIST report] earlier this month to approve an amendment prohibiting "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of detainees in US custody [JURIST document], but the Bush Administration has promised to veto the measure unless there is an exception for the CIA [JURIST report]. Hadley said the White House hoped to compromise on the measure, saying he wants to "come up with an approach that both allows us to do what we need to do to defend the country against terrorist attack, and at the same time, make good on the president's commitment that we will not torture and we will act within the bounds of law." AFP has more.

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