Thursday, December 15, 2005

BBC NEWS | Americas | White House backs torture ban law

The tide has turned. The US will be unCheneyed

BBC NEWS | Americas | White House backs torture ban law: "White House backs torture ban law
Guantanamo inmate and guards
US interrogation policies have been under scrutiny since 2001
The White House and Senator John McCain have reached agreement on formally banning the torture or the degrading treatment of foreign terror suspects.

Mr McCain, once a prisoner of war in Vietnam, proposed the measure as an amendment to a military spending bill.

Both houses of Congress had passed the bill in defiance of President George W Bush's threat to veto any legislation limiting interrogation tactics.

The White House had wanted an opt-out for CIA interrogators.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are controlled by the Republicans, and the move is seen as an embarrassment for President Bush."


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