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British Report Could Effect Ahmad Extradition
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A new report by British authorities could affect the extradition of terror suspect Babar Ahmad to the United States.  Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through a Connecticut-based internet provider.

In its report, House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee, makes clear that British officials consider the practice known as “waterboarding” to be torture.

The Bush administration says the US does not engage in torture,  and opposes the cruel treatment of terror suspects.  Washington calls waterboarding a legal form of interrogation. During waterboarding, a prisoner is bound to a board with his feet raised and cellophane wrapped around his head.  Water is then poured onto his face to simulate drowning.
 
The difference in the definition of “torture” could affect the extradition of British terror suspects to the U.S.    A United Nations convention bars the return of individuals to states where they’re at risk of being tortured.  
Terror suspect Babar Ahmad has been fighting extradition since his arrest in Britain in  2004.  He’s accused of using a Connecticut internet service provider to create and run websites supporting terrorists. Ahmad is charged in the same investigation that led to the arrest and conviction earlier this year of a former US Navy sailor.  Ahmad’s case is currently with the European Court of Human Rights and in the final stage of the appeals process.