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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bush does something good

Really. MSNBC reports:
President Bush today distanced himself from his administrationís quiet effort to push through a law that would make it easier to send captured terror suspects to countries where torture is used. The proposed law, recently tacked onto a much larger bill despite the fallout from last springís interrogation scandal, is seen as an attempt to counter a recent Supreme Court decision that would free some terror detainees being held without trial.

In a letter published in The Washington Post, White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzales said the president "did not propose and does not support" a provision to the House bill that removes legal protections from suspects preventing their "rendering" to foreign governments known to torture prisoners. Gonzales said Bush "has made clear that the United States stands against and will not tolerate torture."
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was pushing the measure, and his spokesperson is basically accusing Bush of flip-flopping.