Under the emerging deal, the CIA and other civilian interrogators would be given the same legal rights as currently guaranteed members of the military who are accused of breaking interrogation guidelines, these officials added. Those rules say the accused can defend themselves by arguing it was reasonable for them to believe they were obeying a legal order.
Some opposition is building from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, but it doesn't appear to be a serious threat.
On a side note, it's being reported that McCain and Feingold will introduce legislation today to tighten the lobbying laws.
The lawmakers will introduce a measure as early as today that would require lobbyists to disclose through quarterly electronic reports all the contributions they make, the fund- raisers they arrange and the amount they spend on behalf of candidates and political parties, according to a person who has seen a draft. The legislation would require disclosure of all grass-roots activities and double to two years the waiting period before a lawmaker-turned-lobbyist could lobby a former colleague.
McCain is picking up brownie points with the public for his stance on torture, and now he wants to toughen the lobbying laws. Could he be looking at a run for president? It's also interesting that Feingold is working on this effort along with McCain, in addition to threatening a filibuster of the reauthorized Patriot Act. Perhaps vice-presidential candidate is in his future? McCain/Feingold 2008. They may just be the saviors the Republican ticket was looking for.
CLARIFICATION: I caught a lousy virus from Bostonian Exile that appears to have made its way to The Impolitic and me. (Who knew human viruses were transmissible through the internet. I thought Nortons would protect me.) Anyway, my hubby pointed out that my McCain/Feingold ticket didn't make sense, and upon inspection, he is correct as it is written. What I should have said is McCain would run under the Republican ticket and save the GOP from a total wipeout in 2008, and Feingold would run under the Democrat ticket. It would be a win-win situation for everyone.
Hey, Commander-in-Chief had a Republican president and independent vice-president. It could happen. At least that's what my feverish brain is telling me. I hope to blog more tomorrow, but for now I'm posting this and hitting my pillow.