Yearly Archives: 2005

Torture Ban May Include a Backdoor

U.S. President George W. Bush suffered a stinging defeat Thursday when overwhelming congressional support forced him to abandon his opposition to anti-torture legislation and reach an agreement with its sponsor, Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican. The president’s reversal came … Continue reading

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America’s Anti-Torture Tradition

It is nice that the Bush administration has finally been pressured into backing a ban on cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners. But what remains shocking about this embarrassing and distasteful national debate is that we had to have it … Continue reading

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Securing America Without Destroying Liberties

Remarks by US Senator Robert C. Byrd as delivered on the Senate floor.  I believe in America. I believe in the dream of the Founders and Framers of our inspiring Constitution. I believe in the spirit that drove President Lincoln … Continue reading

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Bush Defends U.S. Wiretaps, Urges Patriot Act Renewal

Bush Defends U.S. Wiretaps, Urges Patriot Act Renewal December 17, 2005 (Bloomberg, Update 2) — U.S. President George W. Bush defended his authorization of spying on American citizens and foreign nationals after the Sept. 11 attacks and urged Congress to renew the … Continue reading

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Bush Gesture to McCain: Less than Meets the Eye

    In deciding not to follow through on his threat to veto Sen. John McCain’s amendment against torture, Bush actually surrendered very little. Torture is still in the eyes of the beholders in the defense and intelligence communities.     The unseemly spectacle … Continue reading

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Senate Is Set to Require White House to Account for Secret Prisons

The Senate is poised to approve a measure that would require the Bush administration to provide Congress with its most specific and extensive accounting about the secret prison system established by the Central Intelligence Agency to house terrorism suspects.     The … Continue reading

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Enemies of the State?

    Four men deprived of their liberty for four years on suspicion of being international terrorists disclose today that they have not once been questioned by police or security services since being arrested.     The four, who were among 16 suspects detained … Continue reading

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To Halt Abuses, U.S. Will Inspect Jails Run by Iraq

American military officers will inspect hundreds of detention centers and embed with Iraqi police commando units and other Interior Ministry forces to try to halt widespread abuses uncovered by raids on two Iraqi-run detention centers in Baghdad in the last … Continue reading

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House Defies Bush and Backs McCain on Detainee Torture

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 – In an unusual bipartisan rebuke to the Bush administration, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed Senator John McCain’s measure to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners in American custody anywhere in the world. Although the … Continue reading

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Bush Accepts Torture Ban, Agrees to McCain Amendment

The White House and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reached agreement today on a measure that would ban torture and limit interrogation tactics in U.S. detention facilities, a provision that the Bush administration had strongly resisted but that received broad support … Continue reading

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