Monday, December 05, 2005

McCain Holds Firm on Anti-Torture Language

After multiple reports of negotiations between the Administration and the office of Senator McCain over the language in McCain's anti-torture amendment, the senator flat-out rejected any notion that he's planning to allow the measure to be watered down. Asked on "Meet the Press" if he would accept compromise language, McCain responded "No, I won't. We won't." He said that his discussions with NSA Hadley and others focus on "aspects" of the amendment but would not comment on which aspects those were (presumably the Administration is still trying to weasel out a CIA exemption or something).

McCain and the others must stand their ground here. The Administration knows its position is absolutely untenable, and this president must realize that using his first veto to defend the executive branch's ability (which doesn't exist under treaty-law anyway, in my view) to use torture is hardly a desirable thing to do. This amendment, with all its strengths intact, must be included in the final bill - and if the president vetoes that bill, his veto should be overturned.

[Update: Joe Gandelman at TMV has more on this, so don't miss his post. Also, The Moderate Voice has earned a well-deserved nomination as Best Group Blog for the 2005 Wizbang Weblog Awards. I will certainly be casting my ballot for them, and if you'd like to, you may do so here. -- 7:40 a.m.]


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Charles Amico said...

Jeremy, McCain was very clear on his stand on torture but I was very disappointed in listeneing to the rest of his remarks on the war in Iraq and said so this morning on my Blog. I would enjoy reading something about the rest of his commnets on Meet the Press by you. Thanks.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Walter E. Wallis said...

I can imagine the 9th Circus Court of A****** re-defining torture.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger yellojkt said...

The Post this weekend had an article about the dozens of people we have kidnapped by mistake. I'm sure they appreciate the fine difference between torture and unconventional interrogation techniques.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Walter E. Wallis said...

Or we could just let everybody go, make no attempt to find out what our enemy is up to and write off the lives lost in consequence.
That is the alternative to arrest and interrogation.


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