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The Senate Just Passed a Bill that Bans the Use of Torture

The Senate has just passed a bill banning the use of torture. The new measure would make it illegal for a government, military or intelligence official to employ the types of “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were used on suspected terrorists following Sept. 11. Though President Obama had previously issued an executive order that installed the prohibitions against the use of torture by the U.S. government, if approved by the House (and then signed into law by President Obama), the new measure would make this policy law. Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain worked together to get the legislation passed on a 78-21 vote. In a statement, McCain said, “We must continue to insist that the methods we employ in this fight for peace and freedom must always, always, be as right and honorable as the goals and ideals we fight for. Our enemies act without conscience. We must not” …

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