Thursday, December 15, 2005

Manual Dexterity

No person in the custody or under the effective control of the Department of Defense or under detention in a Department of Defense facility shall be subject to any treatment or technique of interrogation not authorized by and listed in the United States Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation.
The White House, in a further indication of its strong feelings, bluntly warned in a statement sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday that President Bush's advisers would urge him to veto the $442 billion defense bill "if legislation is presented that would restrict the President's authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack and bring terrorists to justice."
The Army has approved a new, classified set of interrogation methods .... The techniques are included in a 10-page classified addendum to a new Army field manual that was forwarded this week to Stephen A. Cambone, the under secretary of defense for intelligence policy.
The White House backed down to a forceful campaign by maverick Republican senator John McCain .... "This agreement basically does two things: One, puts into the Army Field Manual the specific procedures for interrogations.
"We've been happy to work with him (McCain) to achieve a common objective ... we have worked very closely with the senator and others to achieve that objective."


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