Torture ban passed by U.S. Senate
Bipartisan move shows government commitment to ensure past mistakes are never repeated, senator says
The Senate voted 78 to 21 to approve a defence bill amendment that bans torture. It was introduced by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.
The amendment bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army field manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S.
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The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee released findings of a classified investigation that said the Central Intelligence Agency's harsh interrogations of al-Qaeda detainees following 9/11 were worse than previously thought.
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