Addicted to the Bitter Teat

I don’t believe in generals or their stinking torture states. — Bruce Cockburn

But enough Republicans apparently do believe, so we probably won’t be weaning ourselves from torture anytime soon.

Senate Republicans blocked a bill Friday that would restrict the interrogation methods the CIA can use against terrorism suspects.

The legislation, part of a measure authorizing the government’s intelligence activities for 2008, had been approved a day earlier by the House and sent to the Senate for what was supposed to be final action. The bill would require the CIA to adhere to the Army’s field manual on interrogation, which bans waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.

Senate opponents of that provision, however, discovered a potentially fatal parliamentary flaw… that could violate Senate rules…

Although it’s not unheard of for new language to be added in House-Senate negotiations, the rules allow such a move to be challenged and the language stripped from the bill.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., placed a hold on the intelligence bill, preventing the Senate from voting on it while the 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.

“Destroy a program that I think is lawful and helps the country.”

I feel as though Jim Morrison ought to be channeled here in Soft Parade mode.

“Destroy a program that I think is lawful and helps the country?”

“YOU CAN NOT DESTROY A PROGRAM THAT IS LAWFUL AND HELPS THE COUNTRY!!”

Let’s burn waterboard electroshock this quote into our memories and pause for this excellent essay by Greg Grandin HERE.

Please, God, please destroy a program Lindsay Graham thinks is lawful and helps the country.

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