Sunday, December 04, 2005
Kudos to (R) Sen. John McCain
By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON Dec 4, 2005 — Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war who was tortured in Vietnam, said Sunday he will refuse to yield on his demands that the White House agree with his proposed ban on the use of torture to extract information from suspected terrorists.
"I won't," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked whether he would compromise with the Bush administration. He is insisting on his language that no person in U.S. custody should be subject to "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment."
McCain noted that intelligence gained through torture can be unreliable and he said the practice hurts the U.S. reputation abroad.
Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN's "Late Edition" that McCain was on the right track. "I'm hopeful that that position prevails," said Lugar, R-Ind.
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