Stephen Brady, head of the Justice Department Office Of Legal Coounsel, caused a stir by reserving the right to restore use of waterboard techniques on terrorist suspects. His comments came as Congress passed new legislation which prevents the CIA from using a litany of harsh interrogation methods. In typical George Bush confusing language, Brady insisted there is no “determination by the Justice Department that the use of waterboarding, under any circumstances, would be lawful under current law.” Brady in a 2004 memo said waterboarding was illegal and then in 2005 sent another memo which contradicted the first one.
John McCain has long been a critic of the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique, but for some reason, when the vote to pass legislation which would make such strategies to be illegal, he voted against it. “I’ve made it clear that I believe that waterboarding is torture and illegal. “But, I will not restrict the CIA to only the Army field manual.” Of course, Senator McCain will not, because to do so, would alienate some of his right wing Republican supporters. John McCain has been going around the nation claiming to be a man who will not sell out to interest groups. I guess that only applies to those who oppose right wing conservatives. Senator McCain sold his soul for a handful of votes by people, who if living in Communist Vietnam, would have supported and endorsed the torture of John McCain. Senator McCain is not the real McCoy when it comes to standing up for principles.