Earlier today the U.S. Senate approved a bill banning
the CIA and 15 other government agencies from using
waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
“Anyone who knows what waterboarding is could not be
unsure. It is a horrible torture technique used by Pol
Pot and being used on Buddhist monks as we speak,”
said Sen. John McCain at a campaign stop in Iowa on
October 25, 2007. McCain, who was tortured during his
5 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, added:
“People who have worn the uniform and had the
experience know that this is a terrible and odious
practice and should never be condoned in the U.S. We
are a better nation than that.”
Five Republicans joined the Senate Democrats to pass
the torture ban, but Senator McCain was not one of
them; the Arizona Senator voted to allow the U.S.
government to continue waterboarding.