From Pine View Farm

Push Is Coming to Shove 2

‘Bout time.

The Senate defied the White House yesterday and voted to set new limits on interrogating detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, underscoring Congress’s growing concerns about reports of abuse of suspected terrorists and others in military custody.

Forty-six Republicans joined 43 Democrats and one independent in voting to define and limit interrogation techniques that U.S. troops may use against terrorism suspects, the latest sign that alarm over treatment of prisoners in the Middle East and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is widespread in both parties. The White House had fought to prevent the restrictions, with Vice President Cheney visiting key Republicans in July and a spokesman yesterday repeating President Bush’s threat to veto the larger bill that the language is now attached to — a $440 billion military spending measure.

Now we’ll see whether the House has the courage to do right thing, to hold the current Federal Administration to basic standards of human decency.



  1. Midas

    October 6, 2005 at 4:00 pm

    *snort* “Oh please, PLEASE, Brer Dubya, *please* don’t veto dat dere spendin’ bill!”

    Besides it being a veto proof majority (even with some Elephants defecting to support the White House), it would be political suicide for the Elephants to reject that rider: “We think that, given the revelations of the past two years, our interrogators are completely within bounds.”

  2. Frank

    October 6, 2005 at 6:34 pm

    This President has not yet vetoed anything. Were he to veto this, it would certainly show his complete and total disregard for human decency.