Despite church pleas, Bush vetoes bill to ban harsh interrogation

Calls methods a "valuable" tool in war on terror
Calling tough interrogation methods a “valuable tool” in the war on terrorism, President Bush last month vetoed a bill to outlaw waterboarding in a rebuke to congressional Democrats and mainstream church leaders, including signers of a “United Methodists Do Not Torture” petition.

In his radio address March 8, Bush said, “Al-Qaeda remains determined to attack America again.” He added that forcing captives to talk is critical, since “the best source of information about terrorist attacks is the terrorists themselves.”

Democrats and civil libertarians said that the U.S. should not use inhumane techniques such as waterboarding, in which the subjects think they are drowning. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) cited statements by dozens of current and former U.S. military officials criticizing such harsh tactics.


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