Oh that flip-flopping Bush. First he says that he’ll veto any legislation that bans torture. Now he supports it! He’s so flip-floppy and wimpy and nuanced and French.
Actually, I’m just amused at how desperate it is. Congress voted in favor of the terror ban in such high numbers that even if Bush did veto the bill, they could override it. So now that it’ll pass no matter what, Bush is holding photo ops with John McCain and saying shit like “We’ve been happy to work with him to achieve a common objective, and that is to make it clear to the world that this government does not torture.” You’ve been working against McCain for weeks, you ass!
It does sound like efforts are underway to ammend this bill that would allow “coercive” interrogation methods (i.e. torture), and that would allow the government to hold detainees forever and deny them access to courts. Not sure if those ammendments will get through. But even if they don’t, I remain confident that the US will continue torturing its prisoners, just a lot more secretively than they have been lately.
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