John McCain is a bit of a tool but you have to give him credit for the stand he has taken against the Bush Assministration’s torture policy.
The U.S. Senate added language barring inhumane treatment of enemy combatants to legislation that sets military policy, the second major defense measure the chamber has amended with this provision.
The amendment sponsored by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain passed by a voice vote. It was attached to the Senate’s fiscal 2006 defense spending bill Oct. 6 by a vote of 90-9. That bill is being negotiated with members of the U.S. House, including Republicans whose support is in question.
McCain said his intent is to prevent abuses such as those at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He vowed today that his measure would be “on every vehicle that goes through this body” until it’s enacted into law. “It’s not going away,” he said on the Senate floor. “This issue is incredibly harmful to the United States of America and our image throughout the world.”
McCain said he had “no idea” why the White House was pushing the CIA exemption. That loophole “would be totally unacceptable,” McCain said earlier this week, adding he’s communicated that view to Vice President Dick Cheney.