McCain Does the Right Thing: No Torture by USA
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Career criminal Cheney wants to torture prisoners secretly. McCain, a POW who was tortured, is forcing this issue by including strict anti-torture legislation in all bills going through the Senate. Now if he would only do about the budget for war....!
From Arizona Central news:
Girding for a potential fight with the Bush administration, supporters of a ban on torturing prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators threatened Friday to include the prohibition in nearly every bill the Senate considers until it becomes law.Me thinks McCain smells blood in the water here...
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.This is why, despite the kow towing to Bush and the kissing ass, McCain is still seen as a man with some spine. One wishes he used said spine regularily rather than haphazardly.
But at least he does do the right thing periodically which is better than much of the GOP.
Opponents of the McCain language contend that setting no-torture ground rules would signal to prisoners that they have little to fear during interrogations, discouraging them from providing information.Well, obviously torturing American prisoners to death is OK since they are trained to not give information except when tortured! Indeed, McCain did what the Vietnamese wanted when he was tortured! It works! Alas, it is also evil, like very bad, sort of "Gee, this is Nazi stuff!" type bad.
Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita had said Thursday that prisoners captured during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq "know what we do by virtue of interrogation manuals and procedures, And they are trained to resist."
"So there's a perception that the kind of rigidity that comes with these kinds of amendments could restrict the president's flexibility in the global war on terror," DiRita said. "And anything that restricts our ability to engage this highly agile adversary is not desirable."
Why is Lyndie England in jail? I don't understand. I never could understand. The chain of command turned out to be a wet noodle or rather a macaroni. Not one overseer was put in prison, the fiction that the lowest levels of soldiers capriciously tortured prisoners is just one more fiction in the novella, "The Slime and Flatulance of the American Empire". Free her! Free Padillo!
Arrest Cheney. Arrest Bush. Let them suffer what they want to inflict. I want to see them spit out what really happened from August 6th to Sept. 11, 2001. Pull their fingernails out if this will make them talk,
On the other hand, listening to Bush babble while being poked is about as useful as listening to gibbons scream in the trees in the jungle.
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