Look at the 2008 presidential election in stark terms: Which presidential candidate, Barack Obama or John McCain, is more likely to end the policy of torture put in place under George W. Bush?
We already have legislative evidence. John McCain has voted in favor of allowing torture, promoting the Military Commissions Act, and has voted against a ban on torture just within the last six months.
Barack Obama did the opposite. Obama voted against the Military Commissions Act, and in favor of banning torture.
But, what does the money say? Let’s look at CACI International. CACI International sent contractors into Abu Ghraib, and is accused in taking part in the torture there. A federal lawsuit filed by Emad al-Janabi this week gives just one example of the nasty results of the work of CACI International in cooperation with the Bush Administration.
So, which candidate has taken more donations from CACI International, torture contractor? This chart, with information taken from the Center for Responsive Politics, is very clear.
If you want the international shame of torture by the United States of America to continue, then John McCain is your candidate. McCain has taken much more money from CACI International than Barack Obama.
Barack Obama has pledged to end torture. He looks much more likely than John McCain to stand by that kind of pledge.