Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Torture Filibuster

Sen. Lindsey "I'll hold my breath" Graham is having a conniption fit, claiming the Lieberman-Graham bill offered to permanently block the release of detainee photos, stricken down by progressive push-back, is a "life or death" bill. Lemos:

To Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, it's a "life or death bill." Upset that the torture photo suppression amendment he and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut had jointly offered has now been stricken from the War Suppemental, Senator Graham is saying that a filibuster is on the table. Our dynamic duo are threatening to hold up any and all legislation in the Senate until Congress passes their legislation to prohibit the release of photos showing detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyond the sheer display of childish petulance, this begs the question, what are they trying to hide?
Good question.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to know, what are Senators Lieberman and Graham offering in exchange allowing them to whittle away at the Freedom of Information Act, for 40 years our main tool for government transparency?

    They claim that incidents of torture are under investigation. But the torture in the photos happened at least four years ago. Will they give us a guarantee that all torturers and torture conspirators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law? Will they support House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers' proposal to extend the statute of limitations on war crimes, torture, and domestic surveillance?