Saturday, December 15, 2007

Vetoing for torture

And in more good news from the US, the House has just passed a bill barring the CIA from waterboarding:

The measure, approved by a largely party-line vote of 222 to 199, would require U.S. intelligence agencies to follow Army rules adopted last year that explicitly forbid waterboarding. It also would require interrogators to adhere to a strict interpretation of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war. The rules, required by Congress for all Defense Department personnel, also ban sexual humiliation, "mock" executions and the use of attack dogs, and prohibit the withholding of food and medical care.
Naturally, Bush is threatening a veto. Because the last thing he wants is for his torturers to be barred from waterboarding or using Abu Ghraib tactics. Really, the man has no shame at all.