John McCain has often brought up the the five and a half years he spent at the “Hanoi Hilton” in North Vietnam as a POW while serving the United States. During his time there he was tortured brutally, but never gave away any valuable information. He has often used this time in his life to depict his strong character. Obviously, being a victim of torture, McCain has been an outspoken opponent of the use of torture by Americans. Early in the Presidential race, McCain had this to say about waterboarding:
All I can say is that it was used in the Spanish Inquisition, it was used in Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia, and there are reports that it is being used against Buddhist monks today. They should know what it is. It is not a complicated procedure. It is torture.
However, on Wednesday John McCain voted against a bill banning the CIA from using waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques. I mean I remember cheering when I watched McCain talk in the video above.
Mr. McCain, a former prisoner of war, has consistently voiced opposition to waterboarding and other methods that critics say is a form torture. But the Republicans, confident of a White House veto, did not mount the challenge. Mr. McCain voted “no” on Wednesday afternoon.
Although the bill passed 51 to 45, it faces a certain veto as it reaches the White House.
Senate Passes Interrogation Ban – [New York Times]