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December 15, 2005

Congress moves to ban torture

From the San Jose Mercury News...

The House of Representatives on Wednesday threw its weight behind a Senate-approved ban on the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading interrogation techniques - a major defeat for President Bush that raises pressure on the White House to reach a compromise on the measure.

Democrats were joined by 107 Republicans in the 308-122 vote, which instructed House members to adopt the Senate ban during conference committee negotiations over a Defense Department spending bill. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who has recently clashed with the White House over Iraq policy, proposed the instruction. Only one Democrat, Jim Marshall of Georgia, voted against it.

As I understand it torture hasn't been practiced officially ever since Lawrence Welk was cancelled.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 15, 2005 05:33 AM

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"As I understand it torture hasn't been practiced officially...."

Officially? WTF does that mean? You've got an administration threatening to veto a bill if it "officially" outlaws the practice. What does that tell you?

Posted by: grumpy old fart at December 15, 2005 04:00 PM

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