Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, [oppposing McCain’s proposal for a manual on what U.S. troops and agents can and can’t do to prisoners], said the proposal by Sen. John McCain would “sanction a manual yet to be written with a classified annex clearly pointing out to the military what they can and cannot do.” “You’re only successful with detention and interrogation when the detainee has a fear of the unknown, doesn’t know what’s going to happen,” Mr. Roberts told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“That manual that we put out will be the first chapter in the al Qaeda manual on what can happen and what can’t happen,” he said.
Mr. Roberts was one of nine senators who voted against a rider to the defense spending bill last month that prohibits “inhumane treatment” of detainees to obtain intelligence information in the war against terror.
“That doesn’t mean I’m for torture,” Mr. Roberts said.
Actually, it does, Senator. It also means that you are officially one of the Weakentroopers, standing foursquare behind the pathological Bush program of continuing to weaken, marginalize, and humiliate our formerly great nation abroad, while endangering us at home.