Bush Vetoes the Intelligence Authorization Act

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Today Bush vetoed the bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists. The bill would have limited the CIA to 19 interrogation techniques that are used by the military and spelled out in the Army Field Manual.

Bush said he vetoed the measure because it is important for the CIA to have a separate and classified interrogation program for suspected terrorists who possess critical information about possible plots against the United States. He claimed that the coercive interrogation tactics have helped foil terrorist plots, which is, of course, untrue.

According to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee:

This president had the chance to end the torture debate for good, yet he chose instead to leave the door open to use torture in the future. He ignored the advice of 43 retired generals and admirals and 18 national security experts, including former secretaries of state and national security advisers, who supported the bill. Torture is a black mark against the United States.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that there are enough votes in the Senate to override the veto. Go here for other responses concerning the veto.

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