Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during the Vietnam War, is the leading supporter of a provision banning inhumane treatment of detainees. McCain argued Sunday that America's image abroad could be ruined if Congress doesn't ban the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.
But prospects of the bill clearing the House of Representatives are uncertain. Vice President Dick Cheney has vigorously lobbied Congress to drop or modify the detainee provisions, and wants to exempt the Central Intelligence Agency from the proposed torture ban.
McCain said he hopes to reach a compromise with the White House. He warned that after the discovery of widespread prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib facility in Iraq, public opinion about the United States has plummeted worldwide.
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"Torturing prisoners should NEVER occur. The CIA should not be exempt. Actually, they should have extraordinary supervision, as they have shown they cannot be trusted." — George
"We should not limit our ability to gain knowledge needed to save lives. To think that any treaty or law would keep a terrorist from torturing an American is naive. Picture the Americans burned and hung from a bridge or the kidnapped Americans and others that were beheaded." — Steven
"No compromise with Cheney. We must stop torturing prisoners and stop being a barbaric nation." — Byron (Andover, MN)
"No way I could support McCain if he runs in 2008. Not with this kind of attitude toward our enemy." — Larry
"Who cares what the world thinks? If it will save one good American, so be it! This is coming from a vet!" — Roger (Cincinnati, OH)
"I can see both sides of the argument. However, the war against terrorism, being unconventional, sometimes requires unconventional means to stop terrorist acts. If the US government had a detainee that knew a bomb was on its way to blow up my family, and didn't use all means available to get the information to stop the act, I would not be happy with my government. We are worrying about inhumane treatment of someone that is willing to blow themselves up? I say let's first worry about what Americans will think of the U.S., if we do not stop another terrorist attack at home. Second, we can consider what foreigners think of us while we are safe, and they are not." — Glen
"As a life long Republican, and a retired Military officer, I am totally against any American agency using torture to elicit information. A part of me wishes it could be, but that is just not the American way. That is what the terrorist do. I absolutely agree with Sen. McCain." — Bill (San Jose, CA)
"I think we should follow Bush Sr.'s pattern. Tell the military what the end game should be and let them handle it. Whatever it takes. Anytime politicians get involved in wars it gets all muddy. Look at the mess they made of Vietnam. Whether or not we should be in Iraq is a moot point. We're there. Do whatever it takes to get out." — Cora Lee (Port Alberni, BC, CAN)
"I'm more concerned with saving American lives than seeing a terrorist with underwear on his head!" — Laura
"Oh grow up! The countries that hate America have always hated America. What the average person doesn’t seem to understand is that these so-called detainees have no desire to help America, and if a little prodding saves military and civilian life then so be it. And because John McCain was abused is the only reason he’s against torture, but I bet he would not have been against the CIA torturing his captors to find his whereabouts and save his life. Do people really think the rest of the world looks to America for how to act? What a joke. Did it stop Hussein or any of his mongrels? Frankly my dears, I don’t give a damn!" — Debbie
"The idea that captured and retained terrorists involved in this asymmetrical war should be treated under our system of jurist prudence is another rung in the ladder of what I refer to as 'a country bent on collective suicide.' We have to keep our standards, but not as far as being noble while our way of life is done away with 15 minutes at a time. We have got to deal with what we are faced with, even if we have to get 'ugly' at times. Better alive than dead!" — Wes
"Balancing our need to get information vs. the rights of our captives is a real hot stove topic. I fall on the side of supporting the rights of the detainee. Regardless of how other governments treat our people when, the US should set the example in humanity and thus not torture under any circumstances. Do unto others...regardless of how they do you." — Mike (St. Louis, MO)
"I suppose I can understand why he views torture the way he does. However, this is not the same situation. We need to leave our options open should we need to save American lives. So long as we do not behead people on TV, or make a habit of gratuitous abuses, why should there be limitation put on our professional interrogators. Putting panties on terrorist’s heads certainly leaves their heads attached to their bodies. I think sophomoric pranks are still far from torture. I think our interrogators should all be issued some Victoria’s Secret lingerie and some needle nosed pliers." — Mark (Lynchburg, VA)
"I 100% agree with McCain. We are NOT barbarians. As Americans adhere to higher standards. If we condone torture, that lowers us to the same level as the terrorist. The Bush Administration needs to face reality and be honest with the American people. You can't say you oppose torture and at the same time, threaten to veto anything than forbids torture, while lobbying members of Congress to remove any reference to torture from the bill. You CAN'T have it both ways. Either you oppose it in all forms, or you approve of it. If you approve of torture, then just be honest and say you approve! It's time for the hypocrisy and lies to end." — Tom (Pasadena, CA)