[…] President Bush signed an executive order Friday prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.
The White House declined to say whether the CIA currently has a detention and interrogation program, but said that if it did it must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the executive order. The order targets captured al Qaeda terrorists who have information on attack plans or the whereabouts of the group’s senior leaders.
“Last September, the president explained how the CIA’s program had disrupted attacks and saved lives, and that it must continue on a sound legal footing,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said. “The president has insisted on clear legal standards so that CIA officers involved in this essential work are not placed in jeopardy for doing their job — and keeping America safe from attacks.”
The executive order was the result of legislation Bush signed in October that authorized military trials of terrorism suspects. The court system was designed to protect classified information and eliminated some of the rights defendants are guaranteed in civilian and military courts. […]
Maybe he is afraid he’ll die in the colonoscopy and have to face judgment?