Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist yesterday “derailed a bipartisan effort to set rules for the treatment of enemy prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other military detention camps by abruptly stopping debate on a $491 billion defense bill,” Knight-Ridder reports. The “unusual move” came after Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both former veterans, “beat back an effort” by Frist to block the detainee amendment, which is also opposed by President Bush. McCain, a former POW, says the broader purpose of the bill is to protectÃ‚Â U.S. soldiers who are captured abroad. Speaking on the Senate floor this week, McCain said, “The enemy we fight has no respect for human life or human rights. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deserve our sympathy. But this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t about who they are. This is about who we are.”
Now, if we actually aren’t torturing detainees, which is what these idiots keep telling us, then what difference would this bill make?