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Senate Passes President Bush's Detainee Interrogation Bill

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..."

Indeed.

A lot of other bloggers are commenting as well:

Stop the ACLU
Michelle Malkin
Captain Ed
Sister Toldjah
Jonah Goldberg at The Corner here and here.
Mary Katharine Ham
Gateway Pundit


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Comments (11)

"Five years after 9/11, ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

"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

Oh, bitch-slap! That's gonna leave a mark.

John's comments (from Power... (Below threshold)
Doug L.:

John's comments (from PowerLine) should be quoted by every Republican who's running for office this fall.

If the Democrats want to hammer Bush about the war in Iraq--no: sorry! it's the war on terrorism which we're fighting now in Iraq--then he should keep on hammering away at them about their stance on terrorism.

I liked Rush's idea for a bumper sticker: "Democrats: Hard on Bush, soft on terrorism."

"Democrats: Hard on Bush... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

"Democrats: Hard on Bush, soft on terrorism."

That is pretty clever.

<a href="http://www.townhal... (Below threshold)

Jonah's Townhall.com column is one of his best.

This is the most significant legislation to come out of this Congress. Hinderaker's point is well made: is there anyone who believes the authority could have passed a Democratic House and Senate?

The reason Hastert can say the Democrats want to "coddle terrorists, " and Bush can describe their plan as "cut and run," is because those are both rather accurate statements of Democratic policy.

They cannot be entrusted with our national security while they harbor such suicidal attitudes.

I noticed the two Senators ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I noticed the two Senators from California both voted against the measure. It is sad that the most populace state in the Union is represented by two sorry examples of humanity that care little about Americans, and wish to extend constitutional rights to those who have, will and intend to kill Americans regardless of age, race, sex, or origin. Boxer is a shrill idiot, and Feinstein is not must better. It will take a successful terrorist attack on this state for the liberal idiots here to take this war seriously.

people out here in Californ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

people out here in California never HEARD of terrorism! A sharp-eyed border agent stopped the Millenium Bomber at the Seattle border, else they just might have!

The Dims believe if we just stopped fighting back then the IslamoFascists would leave us alone. Suicidal dim-wittedness that will get us killed if we allow them back in power!

I will be choosing the races to devote money to this weekend...I suggest everyone else do the same!!

Like the old west,the big m... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

Like the old west,the big man in the white hat rides to the rescue.GWB rides again to fight for truth justice and the American way. Too bad you demdonks dont have some one half as impressive,Wait I know John Ker-well no, how about Murt-no he wont do either.Your just screwed Bohahahahahah.

Of course we all know Bush ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Of course we all know Bush doesn't ride a horse(why he passes up that photo op is a mystery)..unlike Reagan..so he really doesn't "ride" in the cowboy sense...see Bush is a preppie from Maine who just plays a cowboy on TV...yep remember his cowboy talk back in 2001 about gittin' Binnie L "Dead or alive"...seriously how many Texas ranchers don't ride horses and don't have cattle?

If the Democrats were in co... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

If the Democrats were in control of congress, the soldiers wouldn't say "hands up", it would be "you have the right to remain silent, you have the right..........".

GW will CYCLE his way into ... (Below threshold)
epador:

GW will CYCLE his way into the sunset knowing he's liable to run over any jogging Democrats in the way...

Wow!.. you guys believe too... (Below threshold)
phenom-anon:

Wow!.. you guys believe too much propaganda. Who cares about the constitution, freedom, and all that jazz right? All hail Bush....... stupid stupid stupid.




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