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October 06, 2005

Senate Passes Anti-Torture Measure Despite Veto Threat From White House Goons

Much to the chagrin of the pro-torture White House and nine pro-torture Senators, the Senate voted yesterday 90-9 to set new limits on interrogating detainees.

The amendment by McCain, one of Bush's most significant backers at
the outset of the Iraq war, would establish uniform standards for the
interrogation of people detained by U.S. military personnel, prohibiting
"cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment while they are in U.S. custody.

McCain's allies included Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a former
military lawyer, and Armed Services Committee Chairman John W.
Warner (R-Va.). They said new detainee standards are needed to clear
up confusion among U.S. troops that may have led to the mistreatment
alleged at the Navy's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and to the abuse
scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Now, provided Georgy doesn't get all "ooooh, I'm the president and I can veto anything I want," and the House cooperates, this will become a law. Yes, I'm afraid the days of shocking testicles and naked man pyramids might just be over.