It appears that there are some sane people still left in the Senate and they teamed with the Dems and passed their own version of the military tribunal bill. Good for them.
Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- A Senate committee, in a bipartisan rebuff to President George W. Bush, approved military tribunal legislation that would give more legal protection to suspected terrorists than the administration wants.
Four of the 13 Republicans on the panel joined the 11 Democrats to pass their version of the measure, rejecting Bush's proposal to bar defendants from seeing classified evidence prosecutors may want to use in court. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed the Senate approach, warning that the Bush administration is risking the safety of U.S. troops and worldwide opinion by permitting harsh treatment of detainees.
The committee acted just hours after the president made an unusual visit to Capitol Hill to urge support for his proposals on domestic eavesdropping and military tribunals. Meeting with House Republicans, Bush said he reminded them that ``the most important job of government is to protect the homeland.''
Giving Bush what he wants on this is not acceptable for a multitude of reasons. It is not American. It is not civilized. It is not the way we want our troops treated if and when they are captured. I am just sick that this whole concept of how we torture is even managing to be an ongoing dialogue. What has this country come to for this to happen?