Why is this not surprising?

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

a veto.

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

work.

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 bill.

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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