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Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted AGAINST Torture Reform?

Today saw the release of the Torture Report from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The CIA, whose “enhanced interrogation techniques” the report describes, has been trying to prevent the report’s release. The Central Intelligence Agency even engaged in criminal behavior to stop the facts in the report from being declassified. The agency sent spies into the offices of the Senate Intelligence Committee, breaking into secure U.S. Senate computer to try to destroy the work of the committee’s investigation.

Today, we officially were told that the CIA was doing brutal things to its prisoners. The Administration of George W. Bush called it “enhanced interrogation techniques”, so that Republicans like Rush Limbaugh could laugh, and say that it was nothing serious, just equivalent to college hazing rituals

The CIA holds astonishing forms of power. It is now undeniable that the CIA has used that power with rampant dishonesty and brutality. The CIA has proven to be unworthy of the public trust. The CIA poses more of a threat to our nation than the external threats it claims to protect us from. The CIA should therefore be dismantled, and replaced with a new intelligence agency that is subject to robust oversight.

But hey, I know. That’s not going to happen. What could reasonably take place, however, is some serious reform to prevent the CIA from ever, ever engaging in torture again.

The chances of even this happening aren’t good. As I reported earlier this autumn, A congressional resolution by John Lewis, simply stating support for United Nations anti-torture conventions, only got 10 co-sponsors out of the hundreds of members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The co-sponsors were: James McGovern, Barbara Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jim McDermott, Charles Rangel, Raul Grijalva, Frederica Wilson, Lloyd Doggett, Steve Cohen, and Shiela Jackson Lee. These Democratic politicians have a right to be proud of their stand, but every other member of the U.S. House – including most Democrats -chose to ignore the issue of torture.

Back in 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives had the chance to vote to approve a legislative amendment that would force members of the military who are conducting interrogations of prisoners to wear video cameras to ensure that they do not violate laws against torture. Many of the politicians who voted against this anti-torture reform have retired since that time, but the following anti-reform politicians remain in Congress:

Aderholt
Bachmann
Bachus
Barrow
Barton (TX)
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
congress duskBlackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Boozman
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Broun (GA)
Buchanan
Burgess
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Carter
Chaffetz
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Costa
Crenshaw
Cuellar
Culberson
Dent
Diaz-Balart, M.
Dingell
Duncan
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall (TX)
Harper
Doc Hastings (WA)
Heller
Hensarling
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Kline (MN)
Lamborn
Lance
Latham
Latta
LoBiondo
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Marchant
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McHenry
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Murphy, Tim
Neugebauer
Nunes
Olson
Pence
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Smith (NE)
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Young (AK)

In 2007, Michael Mukasey was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Attorney General of the United States, even though he refused to admit that the CIA had committed torture, and pledged to protect, rather than prosecute, any CIA agents who had committed torture. Of those who voted to confirm Mukasey anyway, the following are still U.S. senators today:

Barrasso (R-WY)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Crapo (R-ID)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Landrieu (D-LA)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Roberts (R-KS)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (R-VA)

Look at that. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s name is on the list. As much as Senator Feinstein cast blame at others for allowing CIA torture to take place, she herself has a long history of voting against efforts to stop torture and to hold accountable those who have committed. If only the Senate Intelligence Committee had investigated support for torture policies within the U.S. Senate itself, Dianne Feinstein’s name would have figured prominently in the roll call of shame.

5 thoughts on “Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted AGAINST Torture Reform?”

  1. BiasedReporter says:

    excellent work! but I wonder who the one was that voted against investigating torture in the first place in 2009? Feinstein said the vote in the committee was 14-1.

  2. Blue Man says:

    This whole report put together by the democrats and released now is all a load of crap. The CIA was told by our government, including Feinstein!, to do what ever it took to prevent another attack like 911. The CIA did! What they did not do was behead anyone, they didn’t pull out any finger nails or teeth, they didn’t kill anyone’s children right in front of them, they didn’t wrap any wires around anyone’s testicals and shock them. Oh, but terrorist islamic pigs have and you can bet they’ve done worse than that. I say the CIA should be commended for the great job they’ve done. I’d much rather have the CIA torture and kill a few terrorists than to have them over here blowing us up! I think we should waterboard Feinstein and find out what she knows!

  3. J Clifford says:

    You want to commend people for torture.

    Can I ask you who your favorite presidential candidate is on this issue… you know, the one who is going to kick the CIA torture up a notch and then talk about “family values”?

  4. Blue Man says:

    My presidential candidate is the one who will have the balls to protect our country by whatever means necessary. I don’t consider the methods the CIA used as torture at all. They pale in comparison to what the enemies of this county do to innocent people children included. The CIA preserves our way of life and protects our family values. I commend them.

    You should have seen a picture I saw of a 6-year-old Christian girl who was raped and then beheaded by an islamist militant goat f*ck*r . I do not want that happening here. Do you? If you don’t think it could happen on US soil you’re in for a big surprise. If torturing some of these SOB’s prevents the loss of the lives of innocents, so be it. I bet your family values would change in a second if some of these guys smashed through your door.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Blue, you clearly haven’t read the report.

      You cite thugs as inspiration, saying our country ought to imitate them. Your brutal immorality disgusts me.

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