Johnson Crosses Party Lines And Votes With Thune To Authorize Torture

The Senate today approved the bill that would allow President Bush to authorize certain forms of torture when interrogating terror suspects by a vote of 65-34. The bill also bars detainees from going to federal court to protest their detention and treatment — a right referred to as “habeas corpus.”

The vote was mainly along party lines with the exception of 12 Democrats including Tim Johnson voting for passage of the bill.

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