Saturday, October 08, 2005

Nine Explain Interrogation Votes

WaPo reported Reacting to reports of abuse of detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, the Senate voted 90 to 9 Wednesday night for an amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would ban the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in the custody of the U.S. military. The provision, inserted in a military spending bill, also would restrict interrogation techniques to those authorized in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation. The House version contains no such language, so the fate of the amendment will be determined in a House-Senate conference. The Federal Page checked in yesterday with the nine Republicans who voted against to find out why they opposed the McCain amendment. Here is what they told us:

I don't care what the nine said. What excuse did the other 90 make for tieing the hands of the military who is facing an enemy that beheads civilians, and saying they must treat these animals with kid gloves.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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