Let’s Torture ‘Em, If We Can Catch ‘Em

29 09 2006

Filed under: War on Terror, TSP, Republicans, Politics, Bush

Republicans succeeded this week in pushing through a key piece of President Bush’s anti-terror agenda, passing along party lines legislation that would endorse the military program to detain and interrogate terrorists.

The administration’s allies fell short, however, in their efforts to authorize the terrorism surveillance program championed by Bush. That bill would have to be finished after lawmakers return for a lame-duck session following the November elections.

Both chambers this week approved legislation that sets up “military commissions” to prosecute terrorists. It also would prohibit the severe abuse of detainees, like mutilation and rape, but grant the president leeway to decide which other interrogation techniques are permissible.

“The Senate sent a strong signal to the terrorists that we will continue using every element of national power to pursue our enemies and to prevent attacks on America,” Bush said in a statement Thursday night.

Under the bill, a terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be tried by a military commission so long as he was afforded certain rights, such as the ability to confront evidence given to the jury and having access to defense counsel.

Those subject to commission trials would be any person “who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its co-belligerents.” Proponents say this definition would not apply to U.S. citizens.

The bill would eliminate some rights common in military and civilian courts. For example, the commission would be allowed to consider hearsay evidence so long as a judge determined it was reliable. Hearsay is barred from civilian courts.

The White House failed to help bridge differences between the Senate and the House on the eavesdropping program. The House, on a 232-191 vote Thursday, approved a bill to grant legal status to the warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. The Senate bill was different enough that efforts to reach a compromise on the two measures was unlikely before the elections.

So, yeah, we sent a strong message that if you’re caught, you will be imprisoned, interrogated, and sentenced, if found guilty. But now, we just have to catch them.

TheTSP didn’t get through because Democrats are trying to hold onto what little power they have left and Republicans want to actually put plans into place to protect Americans. Same ole song.

Hot Air has a great video.
Michelle Malkin and here showing displeasure in Oliver Stone’s “ashamed for my country,” comment.
Stop The ACLU and here with the ACLU’s reaction!




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