Senator John McCain, who was beaten, tortured, and kept in a tiger cage as a POW during the Vietnam War, has drafted amendments to the upcoming defence appropriations bill which would ensure that the US upheld both its own constitution and its international commitments under the Geneva Conventions and Convention Against Torture. The amendments would prohibit "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" of anyone held by the US military anywhere in the world, require that all detainees were registered with the Red Cross, and forbid the use of interrogation techniques not authorised in the appropriate Army field manual. The White House's response to this? Threaten to veto, of course. They simply have no shame whatsoever, do they?