House Bid to Override Bush Anti-Torture Veto Fails


The House just voted down an attempt to override the President’s veto of the intelligence authorization bill late last week. The final tally was 225-188 (with five Republicans voting for the override and three Dems voting against) about sixty votes short of the two-thirds needed.

So Republicans stood strong behind the president. Almost all Republicans, including Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), have agreed with his take that robbing the CIA of its battery of “enhanced interrogation” techniques (which have included waterboarding and inducing hypothermia) “could cost American lives.” Of course, a number of military officials and the FBI have a different take.

The bill would have restricted the CIA to the Army Field Manual’s guidelines for interrogation.