And they will veto the torture ban:
The House voted Thursday to prevent the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods that already are banned from use by the U.S. military.
The bill, which would fund and set policies for U.S. intelligence agencies, passed 222-199. It faces strong Republican opposition in the Senate. The Washington delegation voted along party lines, with Democrats voting for it and Republicans against.
Even if the Senate approves the bill, White House officials said President Bush’s advisers recommend a veto. The White House objects to the interrogation provision and other sections that would increase congressional oversight.
The legislation would require the CIA and other intelligence agencies to use only interrogation techniques authorized for the military in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations.
Shocking, I know.
It is important to remember WHY this bill even needed to be passed- because the White House, while claiming the United States does not torture, privately allows it. Torture already is illegal, now we have to go through and specify which specific acts are considered torture because the WH can not and will not act in good faith. Imagine this scenario:
You are driving to your family vacation. Your children are in the back seat misbehaving. You tell the kids to “stop picking on each other and behave.” Your son then pokes your daughter in the eye. She screams. You chastise your son, and he says “You said we had to stop picking on each other, and I did. I POKED her instead.”
“Fine, you scream. No picking or poking each other or I will pull this car over!”
Five minutes go by, and your daughter screams again. It turns out he pinched her to the point of bruising. Your son, in his defense, states ‘You said no picking and poking, but nothing about pinching.”
You drive your car at 80 miles an hour into a highway underpass.
This is what is going on with the current Bush administration, except in this case, the obnoxious son has veto power. Bush is a petulant child surrounded by a coterie of scared men who seem to think the world is so dangerous they need not act in accordance to established law, and they really don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. They want all the benefits of pretending to be the world’s moral authority, all the while behaving like despots. January 2009 can not come fast enough.
Is it optimal that the “enemy” will have access to military manuals broadly outlining our interrogation techniques? Probably not, but they already HAVE access to these manuals. But it is important to recognize why we are here- this administration.