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The member for Ryan says: torture ok as long as it’s not called torture

27 August, 2009

Federal Member for Ryan and Opposition Whip, Michael Johnson MP has suggested on Sky News that torture may be acceptable:

I think that there is a very limited place for torture and, certainly where that torture takes place, it must be done in an appropriate way, and in an appropriate context.

He added that it all depended on the definition of torture. Mr. Johnson who recently co-moderated the World Justice Project Forum later released a statement saying:

Torture is unacceptable in any place at any time. The issue I was trying to address is the critical and difficult issue that law-makers face in defining torture.

In combating terrorism, our security authorities must be able to conduct intensive interrogations. But they should never cross the line to be involved in anything that can be defined as torture.

That probably means that you do not have to worry about the appropriate way or context either.

If you are confused on Mr. Johnson’s position he has ‘released’ the statement twice so you can read it again.

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