Last night, nine Republican senators – including one physician (Tom Coburn of Oklahoma) and two members of the Senate’s Pro-Lynching Caucus (Cochran of Mississippi and Sessions of Alabama) – voted against an amendment to restrict the treatment of prisoners by our military:
Defying the White House, senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would prohibit the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held.
The amendment was added to a $440 billion military spending bill for the budget year that began Oct. 1.
The proposal, sponsored by Sen. John McCain, also requires all service members to follow procedures in the Army Field Manual when they detain and interrogate terrorism suspects.
Members of the Senate’s newest voting block, the Torture Caucus, include:
- Wayne Allard – Colorado
- Kit Bond – Missouri
- Tom Coburn – Oklahoma
- Thad Cochran – Mississippi
- John Cornyn – Texas
- James Inhofe – Oklahoma
- Pat Roberts – Kansas
- Jeff Sessions – Alabama
- Ted Stevens – Alaska