Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Pro-Torture Vote

I think five years ago, the idea that you would actually need to have this debate in any Western nation would have been considered absurd. But now it appears that there are actually nine US Senators who voted against an amendment "that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held."

The amendment was put forward by John McCain who actually spent time in a military prison in Vietnam. In other words this wasn't something that could be pinned on "bleeding hearts" or something like that. Ninety Senators voted in favour of this motion too. So it's probably enjoyed more bipartisan support than anything in a while. This is what a distinguished veteran has proposed and there are nine pieces of human scum in the US Senate who voted against it.

What really bothers me is how movable the ethical goalposts really are for these people. Like I said, imagine that you'd get anyone to vote in favour of torture just five years ago. But now we have all kinds of torture apologists.