President resorts to scare tactics after Senate revolt
September 17, 2006
WARNING that terrorists "are coming again", US President George Bush says he will shut down a secret CIA interrogation program if the US Senate refuses to give interrogators wide latitude in dealing with detainees.
"It's a dangerous world," Mr Bush said as he prodded Congress to follow his lead in dealing with suspected terrorists.
"I wish I could tell the American people, 'Don't worry about it, they're not coming again.' But they are coming again."
The President's scare tactics came a day after a Republican-led Senate committee defied the White House and approved legislation to ban abusive treatment of detainees. The bill, which the Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed 15-9, also would revise Mr Bush's rules of evidence for trials of suspected terrorists.
The House of Representatives seems disposed to approve his approach, but the Senate is likely to oppose him. That may leave the issue unresolved before November's congressional elections.
Critics, including former secretary of state Colin Powell, say Mr Bush's approach violates American values.
CIA interrogation methods used reportedly include simulated drowning, temperature extremes and sleep deprivation.