Friday, December 16, 2005

Bush flip-flops; now opposed to torture

While we were out Christmas shopping yesterday afternoon, the president came around to John McCain's opinion on torture:

President Bush reversed position yesterday and endorsed a torture ban crafted by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after months of White House attempts to weaken the measure, which would prohibit the "cruel, inhuman, or degrading" treatment of any detainee in U.S. custody anywhere in the world.

The announcement of a deal at the White House yesterday was a setback for the administration, which had pressed the senator to either drop the measure or modify it so that interrogators, especially with the CIA, would have the flexibility to use a range of extreme tactics on terrorism suspects.

Dick Cheney has been banished to his bunker until after the holidays, his whips, chains and waterboards removed.

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