Not surprisingly, Bush is threatening to veto a House Bill banning torture. Is there any depth he will not go to?
From the Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — The House approved an intelligence bill Thursday that
would prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and
other harsh interrogation methods.
The 222-199 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which still must
act before it can go to President Bush. The White House has threatened
The bill, a House-Senate compromise to authorize intelligence
operations in 2008, also blocks spending 70 percent of the intelligence
budget until the House and Senate intelligence committees are briefed
on Israel’s Sept. 6 air strike on an alleged nuclear site in Syria.
The 2008 intelligence budget is classified, but it is more than the $43 billion approved for 2007.
Most of the bill itself also is classified, although some portions
were made public. One provision requires reporting to the committees on
whether intelligence agency employees are complying with protections
for detainees from cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. Another
requires a report on the use of private contractors in intelligence
It is the first intelligence authorization conference bill Congress has produced in three years.
The White House threatened to veto the measure this week in a
lengthy statement, highlighting more than 11 areas of disagreement with
The administration particularly opposes restricting the CIA to
interrogation methods approved by the military in 2006. That document
prohibits forcing detainees to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose
in a sexual manner; placing hoods or sacks over detainees’ heads or
duct tape over their eyes; beating, shocking, or burning detainees;
threatening them with military dogs; exposing them to extreme heat or
cold; conducting mock executions; depriving them of food, water, or
medical care; and waterboarding.
Waterboarding is a particularly harsh form of interrogation that
involves strapping down a prisoner, covering his mouth with plastic or
cloth and pouring water over his face. The prisoner quickly begins to
inhale water, causing the sensation of drowning.
The CIA is known to have waterboarded three prisoners but has not
used the technique since 2003, according to a government official
familiar with the program who spoke on condition of anonymity because
the information is classified. CIA Director Michael Hayden prohibited
waterboarding in 2006. The U.S. military outlawed it the same year. To read the full article,
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