Bush Agrees to McCain's Torture Ban
John McCain greeted by President Nixon upon being released from prison after 5 1/2 years confinement.
President Bush has just reached agreement with Senator John McCain on a bill banning torture of detainees in US Custody.
This is an interesting issue, as the Administration's position has been that there has not been any torture, so there was no need for such a bill.
McCain has immense moral authority in this country on this issue. He was a POW held by North Vietnam for 5 1/2 years, at that country's infamous Hanoi Hilton. McCain and his fellow POWs were horribly treated there.
My personal position is that the terrorists in Gitmo and elsewhere don't deserve kind treatment. I believe that they are the worst of the worst, and that they have information that we need if we are to win the war on terror.
But there is a fine line between harsh techniques and torture. McCain wants to be sure that we are on the right side of that line.
This is a terribly close call for me, but I give McCain the benefit of the doubt on this issue. He has an authority on this issue that neither President Bush nor keepers the screamers of right wing radio or blogs can ever possess.
I don't think that torture was ever systemic, and I am told that safeguards are in place to make sure that the false charges are not made against interrogators. They are trying to keep the rest of us alive after all.
BTW, it is hilarious how the right-wing fringe just loathes McCain. Well, you know people by the company they keep, but also by those who are their enemies.
This post may be tweaked tonight, and there will be more on the Senator from Arizona in this space in the following days.