May 5, 2006

U.S. defends treatment of foreign terrorism suspects

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States defended on Friday its
treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling
the U.N. torture committee that there had been "relatively few
actual cases of abuse."

In prepared remarks obtained by Reuters, John Bellinger,
State Department legal adviser, declared that the Bush
administration is "absolutely committed to uphold its national
and international obligations to eradicate torture."

Bellinger, head of the U.S. delegation to the meeting in
Geneva, said that 30 senior American officials would do their
best to answer the U.N. experts' questions fully, but could not
comment on intelligence activities.