House panel stands with Bush on detainee interrogations

Posted by: ST on September 20, 2006 at 8:08 pm

A refreshing change from the grandstanding going on in the Senate. It wasn’t easy, though. Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an abrupt reversal, a U.S. House of Representatives committee narrowly voted on Wednesday to endorse President George W. Bush’s plan for tough interrogations and trials of foreign terrorism suspects after Republicans rounded up enough members.

About an hour earlier, the House Judiciary Committee rejected Bush’s plan, with three Republicans joining committee Democrats. Embarrassed Republicans then summoned absent members, called for another vote, and approved it 20-19.

Bush’s bill, which critics said would result in inhumane interrogations and unfair trials, has met even stiffer resistance in the Senate, and the White House is trying to work out a compromise.

If the WH and Senate can’t come to a compromise, let’s hope Senator Bill Frist doesn’t forget his pledge to filibuster the ‘maverick’ Republicans version of this plan. Want to let your Senator know where you stand on detainee interrogations? Here’s a good starting point.

Related Update: Greg Tinti was on the ball this evening and has video of ABC News Chief Brian Ross’s claim on O’Reilly tonight that CIA sources have confirmed to him that certain aggressive interrogations have actually helped thwart AQ plots.

So much for the ‘torture doesn’t work!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ theory (that is, if you consider sleep deprivation and waterboarding ‘torture’ for suspected terrorists).


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5 Responses to “House panel stands with Bush on detainee interrogations”


  1. NC Cop says:

    I’m watching this nutcase from the Human Rights Watch, Carroll Bogert, who is arguing with O’reily. It is SO funny!! She is saying that the only techniques we should use is “tough interrogations”. Apparently she thinks that the world is like “Law and Order” and that if you yell loud enough, these terrorists will break down and tell them everything.

    God help us all if people like this make it into power.

  2. CavalierX says:

    The House Republicans are the only hope we have right now — on interrogations, on immigration control, etc. If the Democrats take the House this November, we’re all in deep trouble.

  3. Lorica says:

    I am still trying to get over the logic of confering Constitutional rights on Terrortists from foreign countries.
    These words have never been truer:
    WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s GOD entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.

    We need a separation of thinking from the idiots on the left. Under the law you cannot just confer 1 right or 2. You have to confer ALL the rights, so that means these guys can vote and own guns??? What logic was used to create such stupidity. These terrorists are not covered under the Geneva Conventions as they are foreign fighters in support of a legally deposed totalitarian regime. How are they deserving of rights outside of the basic human ones that we have given them from the onset. – Lorica

  4. batvette says:

    Leftists want you to believe Bush wants to “redefine” Geneva so he can torture people. (all innocent according to them).

    The reality is he wants the meaning clarified so we can stay WITHIN Geneva guidlines without some wanna-be Chomsky-ites in Europe or Berkeley deciding what “Outrages to human dignity” is supposed to mean.

  5. benning says:

    Thanks for that Senate link, Sis! I emailed both Florida Senators, and here’re the feeble words I used:

    Dear Sir,
    While I loathe the very idea that an American would torture captured enemy soldiers, the notion that non-uniformed enemy combatants are entitled to any protection under the Geneva Convention is a phony concern. Sleep deprivation, loud music, and a host of other known, non-injurious techniques, are not torture in any sensible way.

    Please support the President’s call for a less ephemeral understanding of those same Geneva Conventions, and a defining and tightening of the rules. We need to give our fighting men and women all the tools they need to do the tough job of fighting an intractable, savage, merciless enemy. And we need to give them the all of protections afforded by their own country’s laws as well.

    “Shocks the conscience” is an open-ended definition of any technique, and allows far too much mischief from our enemies as well as too many political opportunists. Please remember that to some, eating meat truly “shocks the conscience”. Therefore, as a standard it is thoroughly useless.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Yeah, I didn’t do a great ‘grammar’ check, but I think it says what I wanted it to.**==