McCain Detainee Amendment / Amendment should be passed

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Position: Amendment should be passed

This position addresses the topic McCain Detainee Amendment.

For this position

Quotes-start.png "If the point of the U.S. Constitution is the preservation of liberty, the formal incorporation into U.S. law of the state's right to torture--by legally codifying physical coercion, abuse, and even, in Krauthammer's case, full-fledged torture of detainees by the CIA--would effectively end the American experiment of a political society based on inalienable human freedom protected not by the good graces of the executive, but by the rule of law." Quotes-end.png
From The Abolition of Torture, by Andrew Sullivan (The New Republic, December 7, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Interrogations that use techniques like waterboarding often produce unreliable information. And they shred America's image abroad, by putting us in the same category as other big bad oppressors, at exactly the moment we're supposed to be carrying the torch of democracy and freedom." Quotes-end.png
From The Get-Out-of-Torture-Free Card, by Emily Bazelon (Slate, December 15, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Once you're in the torture business, what justification is there for banning (as Krauthammer would) the torture of official prisoners of war, no matter how many innocent lives this might cost? If you are willing to torture a "high level" terrorist in order to save innocent lives, why should you spare a low-level terrorist at the same awful cost?" Quotes-end.png
From Torture for dummies, by Michael Kinsley (Slate, December 13, 2005) (view)

Against this position

Quotes-start.png "But what's most troubling is that the amendment likely would be interpreted as a zero-tolerance policy against all effective interrogation techniques, which explains the administration's resistance. After September 11, the president rightly determined that terrorists taken on the battlefield are not enemy combatants and therefore are not under the protections of the Geneva Conventions." Quotes-end.png
From An empty amendment, by The Washington Times editorial board (The Washington Times, November 9, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Would McCain supporters not have been so harsh to Zubaida? Never made al-Qahtani stand? And do they want to make it illegal for U.S. interrogators ever again to make the choices they did in these two cases?" Quotes-end.png
From McCain anti-torture amendment is pure political grandstanding, by Rich Lowry (The Salt Lake Tribune, November 16, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "It is two parts grandstanding and one part suicide — so, naturally, it has commanded a one-sided (90-9) majority of our grandstanding, suicidal United States Senate, including, dismayingly, over 80 percent of the Republican caucus." Quotes-end.png
From Say “No” to the McCain Amendment, by Andrew C. McCarthy (National Review, November 15, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "That is why the McCain amendment, which by mandating "torture never" refuses even to recognize the legitimacy of any moral calculus, cannot be right. There must be exceptions. The real argument should be over what constitutes a legitimate exception." Quotes-end.png
From The Truth about Torture, by Charles Krauthammer (The Weekly Standard, December 5, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "As a result, failing to provide Miranda rights is sure to be found by many federal judges to be a form of lawless coercive interrogation that fits within McCain’s prohibition against cruel, unusual, and inhumane treatment." Quotes-end.png
From McCain and Miranda, by Andrew C. McCarthy (National Review, December 15, 2005) (view)
Quotes-start.png "In other words, Mr. McCain admits that what lies at the heart of his Amendment is moral hypocrisy: We're supposed to ban rugged interrogation in general to make us feel better about ourselves, but only until such interrogation is required; then do whatever it takes." Quotes-end.png
From Tortuous Progress, by The Wall Street Journal editorial board (The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2005) (view)

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