US Senate votes to ban torture
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.