President Bush says Congress must pass his version of a law on interrogating terror suspects or the interrogations will end.
Speaking to reporters at the White House today, Mr. Bush said U.S. intelligence agents will refuse to interrogate prisoners if there are not clear rules in a law that sets high standards, not ambiguous ones.
The president framed the interrogation debate in stark terms as he battles the U.S. Senate over how best to treat terror suspects and bring them to justice.
On Thursday, a Senate panel rejected his plan and approved a bill that would give prisoners more legal rights than the president wants.
The legislation was pushed by three key senators from the president's Republican party, including committee Chairman John Warner. It also has the support of Mr. Bush's first secretary of state, Colin Powell.
Powell argues that "the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis" of the fight against terrorism. President Bush today said that argument represents "flawed logic."