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Friday, January 14, 2005

Torture & lifetime prisons, the next "King" Geo. Bush II's 'kindness to all THE people?

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14-Jan-05 (blog-usa op_ed) title:

Torture & lifetime prisons, the next "King" Geo. Bush II's
'kindness to all THE people...let them eat cake...fiddle on...

RE: "Torture Watch"

Douglas Jehl [&] David Johnston write in the New York Times:

"At the urging of the [W. H.], Congressional leaders scrapped
a legislative measure last month that would have imposed new
restrictions on the use of extreme interrogation measures by
American intelligence officers, Congressional officials say. . . .

"The Senate had approved the new restrictions...96-to-2 vote,
as part of the intelligence reform legislation. They would have
explicitly extended to intelligence officers a prohibition against
torture or inhumane treatment, and would have required the
C.I.A. as well as the Pentagon to report to Congress about the
methods they were using.

"But in intense closed-door negotiations, Congressional officials
said, four senior members from the House and Senate deleted
the restrictions from the final bill after the [W. H.] expressed
opposition. . . .

"A Congressional Democrat said the White House stance had
left the impression 'that the administration wanted an escape
hatch to preserve the option of using torture' against prisoners
held by the C.I.A."

Toni Locy writes in USA Today:

"Americans strongly disapprove of harsh interrogation tactics
the [Bush Administration & GOP] government has used to try
to extract information about possible terrorist attacks from
detainees held in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba, a new [survey: ]
USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll says."