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Senate Adopts Amendment Banning Torture

 

The Senate added language to its fiscal 2016 defense policy bill that would permanently apply Army interrogation techniques to the entire U.S. government, a move advocates said would help prevent future abuses of detainees in U.S. custody.

In a wide 78-21 vote, the Senate adopted the amendment as it continued consideration of the annual defense authorization legislation. Thirty-two Republicans joined all Democrats to approve the proposal.

The amendment would limit the use of interrogation techniques on individuals detained in an armed conflict to the tactics outlined in the Army's field manual on human intelligence collection. The proposal was sponsored by Intelligence ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., Armed Services ranking Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Maine Republican Susan Collins.