George Bush has solidified his legacy as a perpetrator of crimes against humanity with his veto of a Bill which would have banned waterboarding. President Bush seems to subscribe to the view that as long as there is no blood, bruises, burns or cuts, then it is not torture.
“George Bush announced his decision to quash the planned anti-torture measures, included in a broader bill authorising US intelligence activities, in his weekly radio address on Saturday. “Because the danger remains, we need to ensure our intelligence officials have all the tools they need to stop the terrorists,” Bush said, adding the vetoed legislation “would diminish these vital tools.””
In the online version of the NYT, Steven Myers reports that “President Bush on Saturday further cemented his legacy of fighting for strong executive powers, using his veto to shut down a Congressional effort to limit the Central Intelligence Agency’s latitude to subject terrorism suspects to harsh interrogation techniques.”
“Mr. Bush’s veto – the ninth of his presidency, but the eighth in the past 10 months with Democrats in control of Congress – underscored his determination to preserve many of the executive prerogatives his administration has claimed in the name of fighting terrorism, and to enshrine them into law. Mr. Bush is fighting with Congress over the expansion of powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and over the depth of the American security commitments to Iraq once the United Nations mandate for international forces there expires at the end of the year.”
Mr Bush is engaged in several wars. The one against his own people in attempting to thwart the power of Congress over a president is at least as dangerous for Americans as their army is for an Iraqi kid trying to get to school.