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Date published: 2005/12/15

The BBC says:

President George W Bush has announced he will support a new law banning cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of terrorist suspects.

Sponsored by Republican Senator John McCain, the law on torture has been the subject of months of negotiations between Congress and the White House.

The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington says this is a change of heart by Mr Bush, under pressure from Congress.

Mr Bush had said it would constrain the military and intelligence agencies.

But when both the Senate and the House of Representatives came out overwhelmingly in favour of a new law banning torture, Mr Bush did not have much choice, our correspondent says - even though it is a blow to presidential authority.

Mr McCain, once a prisoner of war who was tortured in Vietnam and now Senator for Arizona, proposed the measure as an amendment to a military spending bill.

So Bush has finally caved in. Mind you, it is tempting to give Bush a piece of his own medicine and claim this shows he is pathetically weak on terrorism and really a friend of Al Qaeda (that's what the Republican scum always say about anyone who dares to disagree with their dreadful policies). But at least this is another indication that Bush is losing influence. And perhaps the US might eventually rejoin world civilisation.

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