The Senate Armed Services committee is working on a bill that would place firm limits on the treatment of detainess and the types of interrogation they can use. And the Vice President apparently wants the bill stopped:
The legislation, which is still being drafted, includes provisions to bar the military from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross; prohibit cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees; and use only interrogation techniques authorized in a new Army field manual…
In an unusual, 30-minute private meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday night, Mr. Cheney warned three senior Republicans on the Armed Services Committee that their legislation would interfere with the president’s authority and his ability to protect Americans against terrorist attacks.
So let’s see if I understand this correctly. The administration claims that they treat all detainees humanely and do not engage in degrading or dehumanizing treatment, or in torture as an interrogation technique. And their defenders pretty much call anyone who dares to raise any concern about this issue a terrorist sympathizer. But now they’re arguing that if Congress stops them from doing what they claim they’re not doing, it will impede the battle against terrorists? Me thinks white man speak with forked tongue.