David Scull for The New York Times
Shame! The attempt to interject some semblance of human rights into the war on terror ended tonight, not with a bang, but a whimper. Democrats produced eloquent speeches but no filibuster. These three senators (McCain, Warner, Graham) preened proudly after brokering this sellout to an out-of-control Executive Branch.
Is waterboarding an acceptable form of interrogation? Sixty-five senators voted to let the president decide. Should policymakers responsible for war crimes pursued in the course of the war on terror be held accountable? No, voted 65 senators. Is habeas corpus for people we don't like an archaic, legalistic luxury we can no longer afford? Get rid of it, voted 65 senators.
The law itself is depressing enough. Even more distressing is the idea that the U.S. Senate would vote to trade away human rights as an election year dirty trick -- pass a law abridging human rights just so you can attack its opponents as unpatriotic.
Just to make sure nobody would miss the point, George Bush rounded out the day by calling the Democratic Party the "cut and run" party.
Here's the Hall of Shame roll call in favor of the bill. Read it and weep.
YEAs ---65Some of these senators are arch reactionaries, to use one of the kinder terms. Some are blatant political opportunists. Some are cowards, afraid to vote their convictions under intense political pressure to conform or be labeled un-American or worse.
You decide who's who. And remember. Nobody gets a pass on this one.