The White House has reversed its stand on Sen. John McCain's call for a ban on cruel treatment of prisoners in the war on terror. President Bush
yesterday endorsed the McCain amendment after the Senate voted 90-9 and the House voted 308-122 in support of it. The amendment would establish the
Army Field Manual as holding the standard for treatment of prisoners.
Bush backs ban on torture
PM - Friday, 16 December , 2005 18:29:00
Reporter: Karen Percy
MARK COLVIN: After a long and bruising controversy, the US President George W. Bush has changed his mind and agreed to back a law which would ban the
American military from employing cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment on prisoners.
President Bush had threatened to veto the bill brought forward by Republican Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war who was tortured in
North Vietnam in the '70s.
Revelations and allegations in recent weeks that the US has been moving prisoners to special secret prisons in other countries only increased the
pressure on the Bush administration, but the move will be seen as a big win for Senator McCain, and a big back down by President Bush.
Karen Percy compiled this report.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm very pleased that we've reached this agreement, and now we can move forward.
GEORGE W. BUSH: Senator McCain has been a leader to make sure that …
KAREN PERCY: As they stood side by side to announce their deal, President Bush and Senator McCain were speaking from the same page as they heralded
GEORGE W. BUSH: A common objective, and that is to make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the
International Convention on Torture, whether it be here at home or abroad.
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Does President Bush think this is a good idea, or is he just bowing to political reality on this issue? Either way, I applaud his decision to
support Sen. McCain's amendment.
Does this signal a general shift in the conduct of the WOT? Everybody laughed, especially Dick Cheney, back when John Edwards suggested treating
terrorists with dignity and respect, even attempting to resolve their issues without using violence. Nobody wanted to hug a terrorist.
Short of hugs, is there a way to short-circuit the cycle of violence and terrorism? Can we hold up a standard of behavior, for them and us, that we
all can live with, and stop the violence and bloodshed?
Interesting to note the only link I found on-line for this story so far is from Australia.
[edit on 16-12-2005 by Icarus Rising]
[edit on 18-12-2005 by asala]