We shouldn’t even have to ban this to know not to do it
by Caleb Reading
McCain vows to add torture ban to all major Senate legislation
Speaking from the Senate floor, McCain said, “If necessary – and I sincerely hope it is not – I and the co-sponsors of this amendment will seek to add it to every piece of important legislation voted on in the Senate until the will of a substantial bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress prevails. Let no one doubt our determination.”
The ban would establish the Army Field Manual as the guiding authority in interrogations and prohibit “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” of prisoners.
The Bush administration has sought to exempt the CIA from the ban.
McCain’s stature in the fight is enhanced because he was tortured while he was a prisoner during the Vietnam War. When the Senate voted to include the ban in the defense spending bill last month, it was approved 90-9.
Exactly how frightening would it be if Bush used his first veto to give the thumbs-up to torture?