The Military Commissions Act of 2006 passed, 65-34:
The Senate today passed a bill, backed by the White House, that sets the rules for interrogating and prosecuting detainees in the war on terrorism, allowing the CIA to continue a formerly secret program to extract information from key suspected terrorists and establishing special military tribunals to try them.
The bill, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, passed by a vote of 65 to 34 after senators rejected four amendments supported mostly by Democrats.
The bill is nearly identical to a bill passed yesterday by the House, which will vote on adopting the Senate language Friday.
That was the whole ball of wax. And in case you are still buying the spin that this is about terrorism, let Red State set you straight:
When the chips are down, Democrats will unite against the rigorous prosecution of the Global War on Terror. I’m afraid in this fight, there is no such thing as a “good” Democrat, and this is serious food for thought going into November.
They don’t even pretend or wink when they write this shit anymore.
At any rate, it is over until there is a change in Washington. I don’t know how much damage has been done, but I speculate a great deal. Hopefully I will be as wrong about the possible damage as I have been about the Republican Party these last few years.