In a vote which still broke down almost entirely around party lines, House Democrats managed to pass the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 by a vote of 235-168, a bill which will provide $50 billion in funding for classified intelligence operations.
The Democratic leadership only managed to win this passage after hastily removing the “Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Interrogation Act of 2010,” an amendment to the funding act which would have criminalized the torture or other abuse of detainees. Interrogators violating a long list of very specific torture bans would have faced up to 15 years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison if they tortured the detainee to death.
It became clear last night that there were not enough votes to pass the act with the torture ban attached, after Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) angrily condemned the ban as “outrageous” and claimed that the funding act was supposed to be about “defending our nation, not giving greater protections to terrorists.”
Though Hoekstra still voted against the bill even with the ban removed (as did every other Republican who voted except for Joseph Cao (R-LA)), the ruckus he raised over the torture ban led several centrist Democrats to voice their opposition to the ban as well, which would have made it impossible to pass the funding with the ban included.
The White House has expressed opposition to several provisions of the bill over the past six months, but appears to have gotten materially everything it wants. The only provision regarding detainee treatment remaining in the bill at this point is a requirement that the CIA videotape all interrogations they perform.
6 thoughts on “House Dems Strip Torture Ban, Pass Intel Bill”
What else would you expect from a bunch of war criminals?
Does anyone know why the Republicans all voted against the bill? Wasn't it tortursome enough? Or are they just against absolutely everything the Dems propose?
I'm glad the Reps vote no on this stuff, because it means that if 35 more Democrats joined them these bills would be defeated. But it never seems to happen.
This is really sick. Where are supposedly "progressive" Democrats who believe in human rights on this? Why can't they call the bluff of these Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats? What's wrong with NOT PASSING anything at all? Who the f@#k needs "funding for classified intelligence operations" anyway? Our intelligence agencies rarely get anything right anyway? Why do we need them? Shut the whole damn thing down!!!
It is now official and it now belongs to Obama.
"Where Did All The Flowers Go?"
America seems to get more monstrous by the day. I think it's past a point of no return. Now we have Obama crimes against humanity, and people scream for more.
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