December 19, 2005

John McCain


From CNN: Congress moving towards final passage of torture ban.

Congress is acting swiftly to send President Bush a military bill that bans cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects in U.S. custody and sets uniform interrogation guidelines for American troops. ...

The prisoner legislation sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, seeks to standardize interrogation techniques and repair a tarnished U.S. image abroad.

After months of resistance that included White House veto threats, Bush bowed to pressure from Congress and signed off on it -- a recognition that McCain had the votes in both the House and Senate to override any veto. ...

Under an agreement with the president, McCain added that civilian interrogators accused of violating the standards would get the same legal protections as those afforded to military interrogators.

Posted by Forkum at December 19, 2005 09:52 PM