A new report by British authorities could affect the extradition of terror suspect Babar Ahmad to the United States.Â Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through a Connecticut-based internet provider.
In its report, House of Commonsâ€™ Foreign Affairs Committee, makes clear that British officials consider the practice known as â€œwaterboardingâ€ to be torture.
The Bush administration says the US does not engage in torture,Â and opposes the cruel treatment of terror suspects.Â 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.Â Water is then poured onto his face to simulate drowning.
The difference in the definition of â€œtortureâ€ could affect the extradition of British terror suspects to the U.S.Â Â Â A United Nations convention bars the return of individuals to states where theyâ€™re at risk of being tortured. Â
Terror suspect Babar Ahmad has been fighting extradition since his arrest in Britain inÂ 2004.Â Heâ€™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.Â Ahmadâ€™s case is currently with the European Court of Human Rights and in the final stage of the appeals process.