If CIA interrogators engaged in torture, the blame extends to Congress, which has lacked "the courage and the energy to actually enact clear statutes on torture," argues Salon's Juan Cole. He calls the McCain anti-torture amendment of 2005 "watered down" and "easily interpreted away," and noted that President Bush vetoed the most recent legislation in 2008. "The Democrats may only have a brief window through November of 2010 to get effective and unambiguous legislation on the books, and now we have a president who won't veto it," Cole writes.
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