On February 13, following the lead of the U.S. House, the Senate gave final approval to the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008," which included a provision forcing the CIA to follow the interrogation and detention standards set out in the Army Field Manual. The Army Field Manual is more restrictive than the law under which the CIA currently operates – the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 – which more generally prohibits “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” The manual expressly prohibits waterboarding detainees, forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts, and many other objectionable interrogation “techniques.”
On Saturday, March 8, President Bush vetoed the bill. He issued this veto despite the fact that many current and former military officials urged him to sign the bill. Even Gen. David Patraeus, the commanding general in Iraq, asserted that the techniques outlined in the Army Field Manual “work effectively and humanely in eliciting information from detainees.”
What kind of a nation have we become? Are we going to accept the inhumane actions of our commander in chief? The answer must be "No."
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