Now the federals and the CIA can torture the “terrorism suspects” during interrogation, after president George Bush signed the much controversial bill. The Age of Australia reports:

US President George Bush today signed a bill allowing tough CIA interrogation and military trials for terrorism suspects, triggering bitter election-year denunciations from Democrats.

With Republicans in danger of losing control of the US Congress in November 7 elections because of voter anger over the Iraq war, Mr Bush sought to put back on the campaign agenda a more favorable issue for him – national security and dealing with those blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks.

In a White House ceremony, Mr Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. He said the new law, the product of frantic September negotiations when senior Republicans broke with him, would bring to trial some of those believed complicit in the September 11 attacks.

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