Thanks to Joan McCarter and DK
More than 20 Republican senators rejected a ban on the use of cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners…voting against an ultimately successful measure to permanently prevent a repeat of the CIA’s once secret and now widely-discredited torture program.
The bipartisan amendment reaffirms President Barack Obama’s prohibition of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation, which were developed by the CIA under the administration of his predecessor, George W Bush.
The measure passed in the Senate, 78-21.
However Republican hawks, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, opposed the amendment, despite an impassioned plea from their colleague, John McCain, who called on them to avoid the “dark path of sacrificing our values for our short-term security needs”.
The Arizona Republican, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and is chairman of the Senate armed services committee, co-authored the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – a must-pass defense appropriations bill – with Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein led the Senate investigation into the CIA’s secret torture program, the blistering conclusions of which were made public six months ago, in a report revealing how the agency lied about gruesome interrogation techniques deemed to have been brutal and ineffective…
All those who voted against the ban on torture were Republican.
Kentucky senator Rand Paul and Texas senator Ted Cruz voted for it. I’m not surprised about Rand Paul. As inconsistent as he can be about his flavor of libertarianism, opposition to torture as a political/military tool fits the definition.
So far, all the other current Republican presidential candidates who have voiced an opinion on the amendment – didn’t support it.