Friday, October 07, 2005

At least one of them was right

Nine U.S. senators voted Wednesday against Arizona Sen. John McCain's proposal to amend the defense spending bill to ban "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" of detainees, and Alabama's own Jeff Sessions was one of them. Mercifully, his in-state colleague, Sen. Richard Shelby, was among the 90-member majority.


Blogger Jeff said...

Word is W might use an almost-forgotten antique called a... veto? is that right? to try to kill the bill. Wow, can he do that?!?

Sessions must be positioning himself for a future run as the "kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out" candidate.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

I'd like to see the bill to see what qualifies as "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment." Frankly, if we detain someone that has no problem with killing innocent people, then I don't see a problem with degrading that guy in an effort to obtain information that could help us in protecting our fellow countrymen or other innocents. I couldn't care less if we hurt that detainee's feelings; I couldn't care more about any innocent people that could be hurt by a terrorist's actions.

But of course, I want our soldiers to be certain that the detainee is a terrorist or a direct supporter of terrorists before performing such actions on them. I don't want to see any innocents detained and especially not cruelly punished.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

See, the thing is, if you subtract "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment", not only do you "allow" it with respect to prisoners accused of acts of terrorism, but to ALL OTHERS AS WELL.

Does that really make sense?

Maybe it does to you, but I've never really been an "eye for an eye" king of gal. I think leading by example is far more effective....otherwise, aren't we just the same as them?

1:00 AM  
Blogger Altoid said...

Jeff is right, he will definitely veto the bill. Why, I don't know, but his veto will be overidden so he might as well sign it.

1:28 PM  

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