The Daily Sandwich

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Bush threatens to veto anti-torture legislation

Isn't the new 'Culture of Life' just grand? Bush is taking a stand to remind those peacenik worry-warts who oppose prisoner abuse that we usually aren't killing the guys. Just freaking them out and making them crap themselves. And maybe the occasional sodomizing. Good, clean, fun.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year's defense programs if it moves to regulate the Pentagon's treatment of detainees or sets up a commission to investigate operations at Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere.

The Bush administration, under fire for the indefinite detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and questions over whether its policies led to horrendous abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, put lawmakers on notice it did not want them legislating on the matter.

In a statement, the White House said such amendments would "interfere with the protection of Americans from terrorism by diverting resources from the war."

What the hell does that last quote even mean? It's vital to national security that we give Guantanamo Bay the riding crops and car batteries they ask for?