Bush Vetos Interrogation Bill

by John Stephenson | March 8, 2008 4:21 pm

As the left freak out on this, keep in mind that the technique the media painted to be evil, waterboarding, has been used on three terrorists, all of whom had vital information on attacks in the planning stages. They also revealed that information after being subjected to this technique. Now a Democrat sponsored bill [1]has attempted to ban this and other “harsh” techniques from being allowed when interrogating terrorists. Of course, they think that treating terrorists kindly is more important than the security of the nation. Even scarier, they think that the terrorist we capture will actually cooperate and reveal information more effectively if we play nicey nice. Bush has vetoed the bill.[2]

President Bush said Saturday that he has vetoed legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics because it “would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror.”

In his weekly radio address, Bush said, “This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe.”

Congress approved an intelligence authorization bill that contains the waterboarding provision on slim majorities, far short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto.

Bush’s long-expected veto reignites the Washington debate over the proper limits of the U.S. interrogation policies and whether the CIA has engaged in torture by subjecting prisoners to severe tactics, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning.

The president argued Saturday that the agency needs to use tougher methods than the U.S. military to wrest information from terrorism suspects.

“Limiting the CIA’s interrogation methods to those in the Army Field Manual would be dangerous because the manual is publicly available and easily accessible on the Internet. . . . If we were to shut down this program and restrict the CIA to methods in the Field Manual, we could lose vital information from senior al-Qaeda terrorists, and that could cost American lives,” Bush said.

Charles Johnson:[3]

And that argument will be dismissed by the Democrats and their leftist fellow travelers, because political gain is vastly more important to them than the security of the country.

Ed Morrissey looks at the mis-reporting on McCain.[4]

  1. Democrat sponsored bill : http://stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/02/13/senate-votes-to-ban-waterboarding/
  2. Bush has vetoed the bill.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/08/AR2008030800304.html?nav=rss_email/components
  3. Charles Johnson:: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=29185_Bush_Vetos_Waterboarding_Bill&only
  4. Ed Morrissey looks at the mis-reporting on McCain.: http://hotair.com/archives/2008/03/08/bush-to-veto-intel-bill-with-interrogation-restrictions/

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