Senators Seek to Ban Torture Through Defense Authorization Bill

Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:00am

“Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act limiting the government from using any interrogation technique not specified in the Army Field Manual,” The Hill reports.  

“The bill would codify limitations handed down by President Obama early in his first term, and serve as a permanent bulwark against the type of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ — commonly considered torture — used during the Bush administration.”  

“The measure would extend the restrictions throughout the government — not just the Pentagon… Additionally, the measure would require that the government give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anyone detained by the U.S.”