6,593. 12/30/2005

After legal counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney, David Addington, revised Arizona Republican Senator John McCain’s Detainee Treatment Act, which President Bush signed into law on December 30, 2005, “A new, secret legal memo commissioned by the White House from Steven Bradbury at the OLC [Office of Legal Counsel] provided a stealthy means of undercutting McCain’s intent. On its face, McCain’s Detainee Treatment Act seemed to prohibit all abuse–allowing only humane treatment of prisoners by all officials of the U.S. government, including the CIA. But Bradbury argued that none of the CIA’s interrogation techniques were cruel, inhumane, or degrading. Not even waterboarding. His secret opinion nullified McCain’s public victory.”

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 321

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