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2711McCain Votes Against Waterboarding Ban

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  • Greg Cannon
    Feb 14, 2008

      Maverick Fails The Test: McCain Votes Against
      Waterboarding Ban

      mccainsalute83.jpgToday, the Senate brought the
      Intelligence Authorization Bill to the floor, which
      contained a provision from Sen. Dianne Feinstein
      (D-CA) establishing one interrogation standard across
      the government. The bill requires the intelligence
      community to abide by the same standards as
      articulated in the Army Field Manual and bans

      Just hours ago, the Senate voted in favor of the bill,

      Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted that Sen. John
      McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war, has spoken
      strongly in favor of implementing the Army Field
      Manual standard. When confronted today with the
      decision of whether to stick with his conscience or
      cave to the right wing, McCain chose to ditch his
      principles and instead vote to preserve waterboarding:

      Mr. McCain, a former prisoner of war, has
      consistently voiced opposition to waterboarding and
      other methods that critics say is a form torture. But
      the Republicans, confident of a White House veto, did
      not mount the challenge. Mr. McCain voted “no” on
      Wednesday afternoon.

      The New York Times Times notes that “the White House
      has long said Mr. Bush will veto the bill, saying it
      ‘would prevent the president from taking the lawful
      actions necessary to protect Americans from attack in

      After Bush vetoes the bill, McCain will again be
      confronted with a vote to either stand with President
      Bush or stand against torture. He indicated with his
      vote today where he will come down on that issue.

      John McCain: He was against waterboarding before he
      was for it.

      Posted by Satyam February 13, 2008 5:49