President Bush (file photo) (CTK)
October 28, 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has repeated that the United States does not practice torture.
Bush's October 27 comments come after U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney suggested earlier in the week that holding terrorist suspects under water may be useful to get them to talk.
Human Rights Watch said Cheney's remarks were "the Bush administration's first clear endorsement" of "water boarding," in which the victim believes he is close to drowning.
Amnesty International said Cheney's comments "set a new human rights low" for the Bush administration.
A new U.S. Army manual, released last month, bans torture and degrading treatment of prisoners, including water boarding.