Friday, September 29, 2006

Congress votes for torture.

It was no great surprise that the House passed Bush's pro-torture bill, infringing on our habeas corpus rights which have been part of our legal tradition since the year 1215. But the Senate, if anyone, would be the moderating influence, possibly stopping this infernal legislation. Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) made a big deal about how they had concerns and were hoping to work with the Bush administration to preserve civil rights, but they eventually caved, giving their okay to a bill that permits waterboarding, hypothermia and sleep deprivation as American methods of... prisoner interrogation, or something. Or something. In case you need a visual, The Nation's David Corn has pictures.

If you want a picture of fecklessness in lawmakers, I can provide that right here. Of course all the Republicans voted for torture, but since the bill passed the Senate 64-35, some Democrats obviously joined the torture party. Here's the list of Democrats who voted for torture:

Tom Carper (D-Delaware)
Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota)
Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana)
Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey)
Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)
Bill Nelson (D-Florida)
Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska)
Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)
Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia)
Ken Salazar (D-Colorado)
Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan)

And a list of Connecticut for Liebermans who said yes to torture:
Joe Lieberman (CfL-Connecticut)

How does it feel to be on the wrong side of history? Ask these people. They know. They might not care, but they know.


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