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December 13, 2007

199 Republicans Vote AGAINST Banning Torture - And Bush Says Will Veto

-- by Dave Johnson

House Approves Measure Barring Use of Waterboarding

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to bar CIA agents from using waterboarding during the questioning of suspected terrorists, drawing a veto threat from President George W. Bush.

. . . The legislation approved by the House today would require that all U.S. spy agencies follow the Army Field Manual's interrogation standard, which doesn't authorize waterboarding or other harsh techniques.

To become law, the legislation approved today would have to be approved by the Senate, which hasn't scheduled a vote, and be signed by Bush, who has stated his opposition.

Also US House votes to outlaw CIA waterboarding,
Defying a White House veto threat, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to outlaw harsh interrogation methods, such as simulated drowning, that the CIA has used against suspected terrorists.

On a largely party line vote of 222-199, the Democratic-led House approved a measure to require intelligence agents to comply with the Army Field Manual, which bans torture in compliance with the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.

Meanwhile, FOX News: Waterboarding: It's a Good Thing,
We've heard a lot about waterboarding lately — but only from people who never have anything nice to say about our country anyway.
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Posted by Dave Johnson at December 13, 2007 8:09 PM

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