US Se­nate votes to ban tor­ture

Asian Journal - - World -

Washington: The US Se­nate has passed an amend­ment ban­ning tor­ture with in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques like rec­tal feed­ing and wa­ter­board­ing. The bi­lat­eral vote was 78-21. “We must con­tinue to in­sist that the meth­ods we em­ploy in this fight for peace and free­dom must al­ways, al­ways, be as right and honourable as the goals and ideals we fight for,” Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain, chair­man of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and au­thor of the amend­ment, said. “Our en­e­mies act with­out con­science. We must not,” McCain said. The amend­ment to the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act, or NDAA, would limit all of­fi­cials of the US gov­ern­ment to the in­ter­ro­ga­tion and de­ten­tion tech­niques de­scribed in the Army Field Man­ual. This would im­ply mak­ing a law of an ex­ec­u­tive or­der is­sued in that re­spect by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama soon af­ter tak­ing of­fice in 2009, while ex­pand­ing the scope of a law passed in 2005 that lim­ited the Pen­tagon to these prac­tices, but did not af­fect in­tel­li­gence agen­cies like the CIA.

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