Bush Vetoes Congress Bill on Ending CIA Torture By Liam Bailey + video

By Liam Bailey
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The Bailey Mail
March 10, 2008

2008-03-08 In a wholly predictable turn-of-events, U.S. President George Bush has vetoed a bill by congress aimed at stopping the CIA from torturing detainees. Because the Bill got through Congress by only a small margin it is unlikely the democrat-controlled congress will find sufficient support to overturn Bush’s veto. Bush said he rejected the intelligence bill, passed by Senate and Congress, because it took “away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror”.

The Bill would have prevented the CIA from using controversial methods like water-boarding, which is putting the detainee in fear of drowning, sensory deprivation and other barbarous interrogation methods; restricting them to the 19 interrogation methods in the army field manual.

Bush said the CIA needed “specialised interrogation procedures” that the military did not. He also said:

“The bill Congress sent me would not simply ban one particular interrogation method, as some have implied, instead, it would eliminate all the alternative procedures we’ve developed to question the world’s most dangerous and violent terrorists.”

What’s that, guilty until proven innocent, they know they are terrorists before interrogation, typical Bush, and saying alternative hints at them being new and never previously thought of when quite simply they are just torture, which has been around as long as humans and was outlawed internationally for good reason.

Bush added: “This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe.”

Everyone might not agree with me here, but by resorting to torture the CIA has made itself as bad as the terrorists, and the Bush administration has slowly stripped away America’s morals so there is no “freedom and the American Way” left for the CIA to be protecting.

At any rate, the CIA recently admitted publicly that they had used water-boarding on three people, including high-profile al-Qaeda detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but not for the past five years. So, how has it a proven track record of keeping America safe? If they haven’t used torture for five years then it kept America safe for two years from 2001 – 2003 and ordinary methods have kept America safe for five years, a 2 years longer proven track record of keeping America safe.

But to be honest I really doubt that the CIA hasn’t tortured anyone for five years, unless they mean they haven’t tortured anyone on American soil, which is quite possible and means that my observation that not-torturing detainees has kept America safer for longer than torture did still stands. Meanwhile rendition flights and “alternative interrogation techniques” destroy America’s image in the eyes of the world and only serve to further anger and alienate any so-called moderate Muslims, pushing them into the arms of the fanatical, and making the fanatical maniacal.


Bush Vetoes Intelligence Bill with Anti-Torture Language

Intelligence Authorization Veto Override Vote

March 10, 2008 C-SPAN

Chris Strohm talked about the reasons for President Bush to veto the Intelligence Authorization Bill and the planned veto override vote in the House. President Bush rejected the Bill due to the requirement that all intelligence agencies would have to use the Army field manual in all interrogations. He also talked about the negotiations involved in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).



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