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the US senate just made me feel a little bit better about the US government: they agreed to regulate the detention, interrogation and treatment of prisoners held by the US military in an amendment to a military spending bill. the white house has threatened to veto the bill if the amendment were attached.

however, the senate showed some guts, a lot of republicans showed some common decency, and the measure passed 90 to 9, with 46 republicans joining 43 democrats and one independent in favor.

about time that they show this arrogant SOB in the white house that he can't get away with doing everything his damn unethical, corrupt way. man, i am hoping we'll see more and more of this. the honeymoon might finally be over.

on 2005-10-06 06:58 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lizw.livejournal.com
Wow. I think that's the best news I've seen for ages.

on 2005-10-06 11:38 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] king-tirian.livejournal.com
"Many of my comrades were subjected to very cruel, very inhumane and degrading treatment, a few of them even unto death. But every one of us - every single one of us - knew and took great strength from the belief that we were different from our enemies." - John McCain

Every week, this man says something that makes me want to buy him a drink. The true test would be in the House. Much more neoconservative, but everyone has to stand election every two years so maybe they could be convinced to apply some sensible guidance to an unpopular war effort.

on 2005-10-06 14:08 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] prairierabbit.livejournal.com
Every week, this man says something that makes me want to buy him a drink.

Yup. I would soooo much rather he'd been the GOP candidate instead of BII.

on 2005-10-06 15:10 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] king-tirian.livejournal.com
It would have been interesting to see. I lost a lot of respect for Bob Dole during his presidential campaign, since he not only had to take a jump to the right but he looked so uncomfortable doing it that he probably wound up alienating everyone.

I guess being a popular senator with a safe seat and a free lifetime pass to the pulpit is good enough for thoughtful people like McCain or *sniff* Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

on 2005-10-06 21:59 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tigertoy.livejournal.com
McCain has said a lot of things that I not only respect, I really like. Unfortunately, the way he tongue-kissed W's ass at the last Republican convention really shattered the belief that I'd almost formed that I actually wanted him to be President. I still think I'd prefer him to any of the other R names that have been floated for 2008, but I'm fairly solidly sure that I'll still vote for whoever the D candidate is if he does get the R nomination.

on 2005-10-06 14:29 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wcg.livejournal.com
Where this is going to get interesting is in the House/Senate conference committee. If the House agrees to this language, and it then goes to the President, that'll be the real test. Because we know GWB will veto it, and the question is whether or not the full Congress will override him.

on 2005-10-06 17:50 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] huashan.livejournal.com
The whole idea that the United States of all places has to try to pass special legislation against torturing prisoners makes me so angry it's just amazing. If Dubya vetoes this, I hope the congress goes over and shoves it up is ass with a rusty razor wire wrapped pineapple.

on 2005-10-06 18:26 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] firecat
[hopes really hard]

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