12.14.2007

Despite Past Anti-Torture Rhetoric, Graham Places Hold On Anti-Waterboarding Bill

Since Senator Reid doesn’t mind screwing a fellow Senator, Dodd, by IGNORING the hold HE placed on the FISA Bill (with Immunity) for Telecoms, then I guess he won’t mind ignoring this hold? Then again, he'd need to grow a set first.

From Think Progress:

But he may not get the opportunity. Earlier today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, blocking it from coming to a vote. He said the bill was “ill-advised” and would “destroy” a “lawful” program:

The Senate was prevented from voting on the intelligence bill because Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., placed a hold on it while the GOP procedural challenge goes forward.

I think quite frankly applying the Army field manual to the CIA would be ill-advised and would destroy a program that I think is lawful and helps the country,” Graham said in an interview.

Graham’s effort to protect Bush’s torture policies directly contradicts his recent anti-torture rhetoric. Just this week, Graham raked Brigadier General Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser at Guantanamo Bay, over the coals for refusing to call waterboarding torture, even if done by Iranian “secret security agents” on an American pilot.

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