Congressional Action: Ban on Torture

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Congressional supporters of a ban on torture of prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators threatened "to include the prohibition in nearly every bill the Senate considers until it becomes law," the Toledo Blade reported November 5, 2005.

On December 16, 2005, President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) agreed on compromise language for the ban on torture. [1]

Despite Bush administration attempts to exempt the CIA from the ban, Senator McCain had said on the Senate floor November 4, 2005, that, "If necessary - and I sincerely hope it is not - I and the co-sponsors of this amendment will seek to add it to every piece of important legislation voted on in the Senate until the will of a substantial bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress prevails ... Let no one doubt our determination."

"The ban would establish the Army Field Manual as the guiding authority in interrogations and prohibit 'cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment' of prisoners," the Blade wrote.


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