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House Wants To Ban 8 Anti-Terror Tactics

From those champions of human rights at Al Jazeera:

A mosaic of some of the people murdered by terrorists on 9/11.

House defies Bush on waterboarding

US legislators have outlawed harsh interrogation methods used on suspects including simulated drowning, also known as waterboarding, despite George Bush’s threat to veto the decision in the senate.

On Thursday the Democratic-led House of Representatives voted 222-199 to pass a measure that requires intelligence agents to comply with the Army Field Manual in line with international conventions that ban torture in the treatment of prisoners.

The manual provides 19 approved interrogation methods, and prohibits eight including waterboarding.

The White House argued that the new measure would prevent the US from conducting “lawful interrogations of senior al-Qaeda terrorists”.

The move, part of a sweeping intelligence bill, comes amid a congressional probe into the recent disclosure that the CIA destroyed videotapes of al-Qaeda suspects undergoing simulated drowning.

Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic Leader, said the Bush administration had blurred the line “between legitimate, sanctioned interrogation tactics and torture”.

“There is no doubt our international reputation has suffered and been stained as a result.” …

For the record, here are the practices the House in its infinite wisdom think too harsh when it comes to saving American lives, at least according to the Associated Press:

Proposed Prohibitions

Friday, December 14, 2007

Interrogation practices prohibited in the House bill, which would apply Army Field Manual restrictions to the CIA:

Forcing detainees to be naked, perform sexual acts or pose in a sexual manner.

Placing hoods or sacks over detainees’ heads or duct tape over their eyes.

Beating, shocking or burning detainees.

Threatening detainees with military dogs.

Exposing detainees to extreme heat or cold.

Conducting mock executions.

Depriving detainees of food, water or medical care.


Yes, we are fighting a war.

Sure we are.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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