The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
UPDATED The Defeatocrats Soldier On
Michelle has the roll call, and of interest was John McCain's vote against the ban.
That's an "olive branch" I'll take every time:
This afternoon, the Seante voted to ban waterboarding and other interrogation methods against terror suspects. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that handcuffs CIA interrogators. Here’s the roll call vote:
defeat a bad bill which would have opened the door for them to extend the FISA bill without granting immunity to the Telcos who helped the President identify who the terrorists were after 9/11. This is a good development, because the end result may be a toughened bill in this election year; that is if the Dems aren't willing to gift wrap an issue that the Republicans can hit out of the park in the fall (all because their trial lawyer "sponsors" want to sue the Telcos...)
This afternoon, the Seante voted to ban waterboarding and other interrogation methods against terror suspects. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that handcuffs CIA interrogators. Here’s the roll call vote.
UPDATE: Bryan Preston has posted an example of the barbaric tactics being used by our Grand Inquisitors at Gitmo (no, Henry Waxman did not make a trip down there...):
If this is the kind of thing we do to the detainees at Gitmo, we’re no better than they are. We have become what we hate.
Anonymous law enforcement and military officials revealed that F.B.I. interrogators provided Al Qaeda suspects with “food whenever they were hungry as well as Starbucks coffee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” The Washington Post wrote in a front-page article.
Starbucks? See, that’s how it goes. You start with the loud music, and that works for a while. Then you progress to waterboarding, and that gets something but not everything out of these guys. You know they know more than they’re telling, and you’re desensitized because you have already started down the road to brutality. Then you have to bring out the big gun — bitter, always burned Starbucks coffee. You have become a savage.
Update: On a serious note, the Senate voted today 51-45 to ban waterboarding and other interrogation methods. President Bush vows a veto, setting up the attack ads this fall. Bush isn’t on the ballot, but as Obama said in his Wisconsin speech last night, the war is on the ballot. So is John McCain, and he voted against the bill.