Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Dick Cheney has offered a plan which would make Sen. McCain's proposed ban on torture essentially meaningless.
The proposal, which two sources said Vice President Cheney handed last Thursday to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the company of CIA Director Porter J. Goss, states that the measure barring inhumane treatment shall not apply to counterterrorism operations conducted abroad or to operations conducted by "an element of the United States government" other than the Defense Department.

Hmm, so the executive branch would continue to have the authority to declare almost anyone beyond the scope of the legislation. No doubt Cheney would characterize this as a "compromise." Here's hoping McCain stays strong.

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