President Bush reversed course on Thursday and accepted Sen. John McCain’s call for a law banning cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror.
Bush said the agreement will “make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad.”
Hang on, there’s more
Under the deal, CIA interrogators would be given the same legal rights as currently guaranteed to members of the military who are accused of breaking interrogation guidelines. Those rights say accused people can defend themselves by claiming they were obeying an order and did not know the actions were unlawful. The government also would provide counsel for accused interrogators.
That’s real fucking big of ya, Shrub.
So the CIA is not allowed to use torture but if they do they’re allowed to use the ‘Nuremburg Defence’, operate under conditions in which Richard Millgram’s famous experiment demonstrated that a sizeable number of ordinary folk could be induced to administer what they believed to be a lethal electric shock to a helpless but unseen victim (actually an actor, although subjects didn’t know it) and if they get caught they’re guaranteed a White House approved (i.e. fucking expensive) lawyer to help cover their arse – and not a dickie bird said about maybe prosecuting the twat who gave the order in the first place.
Shrub’s right on one count, this announcement does send out a clear message…
Business as usual.
What a total and utter cunt!