Monday, February 18, 2008

McCain and torture

Here's part of a Boston Globe opinion piece about McCain and torture:

JOHN MCCAIN this week had a choice between his principles and propping up a failed president. He chose the latter.

The Senate joined the House in passing an intelligence bill that would ban the CIA from using waterboarding as an interrogation tactic. The CIA would have to abide by the Army Field Manual, which also prohibits beatings, electric or temperature shocks, forced nudity, mock executions, and the use of dogs. Some of those abusive techniques were on global display in the torture photos from Abu Ghraib.

McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war, has long condemned waterboarding as torture, making him more sensitive than President Bush on an issue that stained America's image. But the Arizona senator and virtual Republican nominee to replace Bush voted against the bill. Bush says he will veto the measure.McCain said that while he remains opposed to waterboarding, "We always supported allowing the CIA to use extra measures."

Extra measures? Then what are rules for?

What indeed? We have become monsters in this country.

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