You can see the quote here. Bush said last November “We do not torture.” You can even watch the video of him saying these words. He was lying.
Sen. McCain tried to introduce an anti-torture bill. Dick Cheney, a member of the Executive Branch that said “We do not torture” urged Republican Senators to vote down McCain’s bill.
Why? Because we do torture.
Rumsfeld has been a major proponent of torture because he believes it works.
Then Bush realized he was be politically isolated if he stood against this.
So Bush, the man who repeatedly claimed he did not make decisions based on other people’s opinion, changed his mind and signed the bill. When doing so, he acted as if it were his idea all along by saying “This legislation will now ‘make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad.”
But here’s the rub. Torture has been illegal since we agreed to the UN Bill against it in 1988.
Whatever. Can we please get this dirty man out of our nice clean White House?
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin