President Bush’s detainee interrogation bill passed in the senate by 65-34. Hot Air has the roll call.
WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush’s plans to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects, all but sealing congressional approval for legislation that Republicans intend to use on the campaign trail to assert their toughness on terrorism.
The 65-34 vote means the bill could reach the president’s desk by week’s end. The House passed nearly identical legislation on Wednesday and was expected to approve the Senate bill on Friday, sending it on to the White House.
The bill would create military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects. It also would prohibit some of the worst abuses of detainees like mutilation and rape, but grant the president leeway to decide which other interrogation techniques are permissible.
The House also passed its version yesterday. Michael Barone has lots of analysis on that vote.
I’m with Greg Tinti:
Despite all the hysterics from the usual suspects, have no doubt: the passage of this bill means that the United States will be able to continue using interrogation techniques that, according to very reliable sources, have saved countless American lives by disrupting al Qaeda plots. In my book, that’s a good thing.
Senator Jim DeMint issued a statement after the bill passed:
“This bill allows our detainee interrogation program to continue, which the President has called the ‘most potent tool we have in protecting America and foiling terrorist attacks’. This legislation also protects sensitive information while giving detainees a fair trial.”
John at Power Line ponders a frightening thought:
It is a sobering thought that if the Democrats were in charge of either house of Congress, it would probably be impossible to enact the most basic legislation relating to the detention, interrogation and disposition of terrorists.
On top of that, President Bush is going to the mattresses:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Bush suggested Thursday that Democrats don’t have the stomach to fight the war on terror, battling back in the election-season clamor over administration intelligence showing terrorism spreading.
“Five years after 9/11, the worst attack on the American homeland in our history, Democrats offer nothing but criticism and obstruction and endless second-guessing,” Bush said at a Republican fundraiser.
“The party of FDR and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run…”
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