28 September 2006

House passes horrendous detainee bill

Shame on the U.S. House of Representatives. Yesterday they passed a bill allowing cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees. The bill also allows the admission of coerced testimony in trials in some circumstances. [Read story.] (Never mind the fact that coerced evidence, by definition, can't be considered reliable.)

The bill now goes to the Senate, where they are expected to follow along in lockstep, probably along clear party lines. They talk about "compromise", but they don't have the guts to stand up for basic human rights and force Bush to compromise where it counts.

It's hard to believe that this is happening in America.

Shame on everyone in Congress who voted for this. You have thrown away the long-established American values that made us special.

[See how your representative voted.]

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