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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The senate votes to end Bush torture.

Read this closely. The administration of George Bush wants no limits on their ability to torture. He threatened to veto the defense appropriation bill if this "interrogation limits" amendment was attached. We'll have to see if the house leadership will tow the Bush admin line.

A word of warning though, congressmen and women. Even if you have no human morals left after being in government so long, I would think carefully about your political future after voting to maintain and support these policies. It looks quite possible that the rest of the Abu Ghraib photos and videos may be released that they include, according to Sy Hersh and a few others, the sodomization of a screaming young teen boy, rape, and the forced exposure of a female detainees breasts.

The Senate defied the White House yesterday and voted to set new limits on interrogating detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, underscoring Congress's growing concerns about reports of abuse of suspected terrorists and others in military custody.

Forty-six Republicans joined 43 Democrats and one independent in voting to define and limit interrogation techniques that U.S. troops may use against terrorism suspects, the latest sign that alarm over treatment of prisoners in the Middle East and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is widespread in both parties. The White House had fought to prevent the restrictions, with Vice President Cheney visiting key Republicans in July and a spokesman yesterday repeating President Bush's threat to veto the larger bill that the language is now attached to -- a $440 billion military spending measure.

By the way, the vote was 90-9. I'm gonna try to see if I can find out who the nine were.

Update: found the list at MyDD.

  • Wayne Allard - Colorado
  • Kit Bond - Missouri
  • Tom Coburn - Oklahoma
  • Thad Cochran - Mississippi
  • John Cornyn - Texas
  • James Inhofe - Oklahoma
  • Pat Roberts - Kansas
  • Jeff Sessions - Alabama
  • Ted Stevens - Alaska
Just another reason to hate my Texas Senator Cornyn, and there's alot of them.


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