One Step Toward Reducing U.S. Torture Tactics

ThinkProgress reports: The House passes ban on waterboarding. This site includes a video and a summary:

In a 222-199 vote, the House today passed the FY2008 Intelligence Authorization bill, which bans waterboarding and confines the CIA “to the interrogation tactics permitted by the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) remarked, “[This] means no more torture, no more waterboarding, no more clever wordplay, no more evasive answers, no more dishonesty.”

There’s also a link to the full voting roll call.  Am I the only one that’s surprised that 199 members of Congress voted against this measure?  It’s a step in the right direction, but the voting record is far from encouraging.  Of course, it’s extremely likely that Bush will veto the legislation.  Combined with his administration’s attempts to absolve all companies and individuals from responsibility for torturing others, it looks like this will have very little influence on American “policy”.


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