A new bill has been introduced to ban the use of torture or cruel treatment by the military, CIA and all arms of the U.S. government.
Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein have introduced bi-partisan legislation to permanently end the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Many Republicans like former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, have stated that they still endorse the use of torture methods on prisoners of war, such as waterboarding, beatings violent enough to break bones, assault, mock executions and electric shocks.
The Daily Beast reports that McCain, who was once a prisoner of war himself in Vietnam, tried to prohibit the use of torture in the military back in 2005. After Obama took office in 2008, one of the first things he did was issue an executive order prohibiting the use of torture. While the ban has been in place ever since, McCain and Feinstein note that it could easily be revoked by a future administration. If passed, the amendment they are proposing (amendment SA1889) to the National Defense Authorization Act, will take away that option by permanently outlawing the use of any interrogation technique not listed in the Army Field Manual.
According to the National Journal,
"The manual requires that detainees be dealt with 'humanely,' and prohibits 'cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.' It specifically forbids interrogations that involve placing hoods over detainees' heads, beatings and other forms of physical pain, forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts, and waterboarding. Interrogators may not humiliate detainees, threaten to revoke legally guaranteed protections if they don't cooperate, or even threaten to hand them over to someone else who may abuse them."
The proposed amendment would also require the government to give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S. detainees.
It's been proven that these enhanced interrogation techniques are not effective, so getting rid of them would be a huge step in the right direction for America. What do you guys think about this amendment? Do you agree with it? Disagree? Debate below.
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