Who blocked the torture-ban bill?
Former JAG officer Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) put a hold on the bill in the Senate last week, claiming that “applying the Army Field Manual to the CIA would be ill-advised and would destroy a program that I think it lawful and helps the country.” As Steve Benen points out, Graham’s actions once again fail to square with his well-known rhetoric on torture. Last year, for example, Graham had this to say about the Army Field Manual:
The Army Field Manual as a one-stop shop to guide the way we handle lawful combatants and enemy combatants is absolutely necessary if for no other reason than to protect our own troops…. [I]f you want to torture people, the Army Field Manual says no and the President says no. It is now time for Congress to say no.
Time to cross the president off that list, Senator. I wonder, what was the White House offering?