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"We Don't Torture"

Remember how that lovable maverick John McCain boldly introduced legislation banning torture and inhumane treatment of detainees held by this country, which was then overwhelmingly approve by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President? Well, looks like the Bushies are insisting on a loophole:

Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.

In federal court yesterday and in legal filings, Justice Department lawyers contended that a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, cannot use legislation drafted by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to challenge treatment that the detainee's lawyers described as "systematic torture."

Government lawyers have argued that another portion of that same law, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, removes general access to U.S. courts for all Guantanamo Bay captives. Therefore, they said, Mohammed Bawazir, a Yemeni national held since May 2002, cannot claim protection under the anti-torture provisions.

And it looks like the Bush bastards just might get away with it too:

"Unfortunately, I think the government's right; it's a correct reading of the law," said Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "The law says you can't torture detainees at Guantanamo, but it also says you can't enforce that law in the courts."

I could say Congress should do something like this, except Congress is led by a bunch of rightwing Bush enablers and that legislation is just a stunt by McCain to look "moderate" when he's anything but. At least we now have the Bushies on record saying that they do torture and there is nothing that the victims can do about it.