President Bush vetoed a bill that would have expressly prohibit the CIA from waterboarding and other techniques that are only semantically considered not torture, including hypothermia, forcing prisoners to perform or mimic sexual acts and beating prisoners. These techniques are already forbidden to the military, and the Army Field Manual even mentions that information gained from these techniques is unreliable. He said that the bill would "take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror…"
Unfortunately, the Dems don't have the numbers to override the veto, and the Republicans are returning to "support our president" mode, after a brief period of finding the balls to suggest that the Leader of the Free World shouldn't be torturing people. Oh, and past anti-torture advocate John McCain has remained curiously silent on this. I wonder why?
The bill would limit the CIA to the same 19 techniques that the Army Field Manual offers for interrogation, but that wasn't good enough for President Abu Ghraib. The CIA needs it's "specialized interrogation procedures" he said. Really? Is our standing in the world so unimportant to President Waterboard that we just do what we want, and ignore everybody else (oh, wait..) Bush even got a chance to return to one of his old classics, the "Boo, they're coming to get us" quote. He said, "Because the danger remains, we need to ensure our intelligence officials have all the tools they need to stop the terrorists…"
Remember, they aren't people, they're terrorists. Oh, and we are now just as bad as they are (if, as some would argue, we weren't pretty close already..) I'm saddened that John McCain, a man who has been tortured, didn't step up (as he has before) and denounce this veto. Way to stick to what you believe in, John.
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