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Reaction to Bush's veto of interrogation bill

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Associated Press - March 8, 2008 6:33 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) says President Bush has passed on "a chance to end the torture debate for good."

Feinstein was reacting to Bush's veto of legislation that would have banned the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods.

The California Democrat says torture is a "black mark" against the U.S. and that Bush has left the door open to its future use.

The president says some of the controversial techniques have helped foil terrorist plots. And he says waterboarding is currently not part of the CIA program.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller says he's heard nothing to suggest the CIA, through enhanced interrogation methods, has obtained information to thwart a terrorist attack. He says they can lead to false information.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there will be an override attempt next week.

The Washington director of Human Rights First says Bush is undermining counterterrorism efforts globally and is damaging U.S. credibility on human rights.

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